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Southeastern Virginia is one of the most scenic areas of the state, being home to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge is located within the independent city of Virginia Beach on the Currituck Banks Peninsula and is spread over 9000-acres of land and water. Ideal for a motorhome camping trip, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers a range of outdoor recreation for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. 

Set up in 1938 as a refuge to provide a habitat for feeding and resting of migratory birds, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge grew to its current size in the 1980s, when more land was added to the refuge to expand the critical habitat for wildlife in the area. Renting an RV is a convenient way of getting around the massive refuge, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Virginia Beach. Check out the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth that are not too far from the refuge. Camping at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge opens up lots of outdoor recreation for visitors to indulge in, and if all you want to do is enjoy being surrounded by scenic natural beauty, there’s always an option for that too! 

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Getting Outdoors

RV camping at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for anglers. Both freshwater and surf fishing are available at the refuge. For freshwater fishing, cast your fishing lines into the D-pool area of the refuge where access is via a fishing dock. Access to surf fishing is through the Seaside and Dune Trails. For professional anglers keen on night surf fishing, the refuge holds a special ‘surf fishing by night’ program in October. Sign up in advance to book a spot on this program. All regular fishing permits are required to fish in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

The best part of camping with an RV at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the opportunity to view wildlife. Depending on which time of the year you plan your RV rental vacation, you’ll get to see different wildlife. Five trails with a combined length of eight miles offer great wildlife viewing opportunities, including deer, raccoons, river otters, shorebirds, waterfowl, and a variety of migratory birds. 

Non-motorized watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats that are easy enough to be hand-carried can be launched into the Bay’s edge. Kayak along the edge of the bay to get a different view of the refuge. Keep in mind that there are no launching facilities here, so no large boats are permitted. 

Camping at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Whether you plan to rough it out in a tent or rent a camper near Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, there are several well-equipped campgrounds close by that offer a comfortable camping experience. First Landing State Park has over 200 campsites and offers amenities like pull-thru sites, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, central water spigot, dump station, cabins, and cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, a camp store, and a café. Kids will enjoy the playground while you get to explore recreational trails around the campground. There is fishing, biking, boating, and golf for recreation too. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground. 

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, drive to Holiday Trav-L-Park, also in Virginia Beach. It has over 1000 campsites with amenities like pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, sewer, water, dump station, WiFi, cable television, and cell phone coverage. There are restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, a camp store, a pet area for your furry friends, and a café too. Splash about in the swimming pool with the kids or play a game of catch in the playground.

Exploring the Area

Spend some time exploring the city of Virginia Beach during your RV rental vacation. Home to some of the most scenic spots in the state, Virginia Beach is a great city to explore with several scenic hot spots around. 

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a great area to spend an afternoon. Enjoy three miles of oceanfront access on the boardwalk in addition to restaurants, cafes, shops, and entertainment zones. There is a bike path too, that’s also great for rollerblading. Live performances are frequent during warmer, summer months. 

Drive to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in your Virginia Beach camper rental. Home to over 12,000 animals across 700 species, the center offers different habitats like the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion, among others. 

Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The unique museum has revolving displays across a range of art forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing. 

The Atlantic military Aviation Museum at the Virginia Beach Airport houses one of the largest collections of World War I and II military aircraft and is spread over four hangars. 

From Brunswick stew to country ham, blue crabs to fried pies, Virginia Beach is among the best cities to enjoy local Virginia fare. There are dozens of eateries to choose from, spread over a diverse range of dining options. 

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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  • Dunes and Seaside Trail, VAVirginia Beach, VA
  • False Cape State Park and Back Bay Wildlife Refuge Scenic Drive, VAVirginia Beach, VA
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  • Lotus Pond, VAVirginia Beach, VA
  • Maritime and Sundew Trails, NCCorolla, NC
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  • West Neck Creek Marina to North Landing River, VAVirginia Beach, VA
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