False Cape State Park / Back Bay Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Barrier islands serve as an ecological first line of defense for our shores. Storms batter them, waves wear them down, wind strips them clean. Tucked out of harm’s way behind the islands lie sheltered bays and marshes teeming with grasses, shell-fish, birds, and small animals.
False Cape State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge showcase just one of Virginia’s many barrier island and lagoon ecosystems, albeit a critical one. The preserves stand within striking distance of Hampton Roads’ two million residents and all the incumbent pressures (pollution, development, overcrowding). Sprawl stops at the park boundaries, and hikers and bird watchers are assured a quiet afternoon with space to walk and think, or watch and listen."