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East Dike Trail

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A great multi-use trail at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

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Point to Point

10' 3 m

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3' 1 m

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17' 5 m

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16' 5 m

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Features Birding · Wildlife

This trail is closed during portions of the year. The East Dike Trail is typically open July through October.

Need to Know

This trail is closed seasonally for wildlife. Do not enter the East Dike Trail if the gate is closed.

Description

The East Dike Trail is one of the longest trails at Back Bay NWR. It is most popular among bikers, runners and birders. This trail starts at the end of smaller of the two parking areas. Approximately one quarter mile down the trail, stay to the left at the fork. Continue along the trail straight through the open white gate approximately one mile down the gravel path. If the gate is closed do not enter the East Dike Trail.

On this trail, visitors have views the refuge's impoundment system and the sand dunes. The impoundment system is comprised of man-made water pools which are managed to provide habitat to migratory birds throughout the year. Waterfowls (ducks, geese and swans) use this area during their winter migration. Shorebirds and wading birds are the primary residents during the spring and fall.

Flora & Fauna

A variety of wildlife, including herons, egrets, ducks, swans, ospreys, deer, snakes and turtles can be seen along this trail at various points during the year. Plant life includes wax myrtle trees, live oaks, sedges, rushes, cattails and underwater vegetation are common.

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Erica Ryder

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Start of Dune Trail
Aug 11, 2018 near Virgini…, VA
East Dike trail starting on the left hand side of the fork
Aug 9, 2018 near Virgini…, VA
Dune Trail Entrance
Aug 9, 2018 near Virgini…, VA
Start of West Dike Trail at the right hand side of the fork
Aug 9, 2018 near Virgini…, VA
Back Bay's barrier island marshlands
Jul 11, 2018 near Virgini…, VA

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