Love to hike, run, power-walk, or simply take leisurelystrolls? You'll have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs at Sandbridge- from scenic trails and woodland walks to miles of pristine shoreline.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
With over 9,250 acres, this beautiful nature preserveprovides feeding and nesting habitat for thousands of migratory birds travelingalong the Atlantic Flyway. Visit any day between dawn and dusk to hike along unspoiledcoastline, through dense coastal forest, and across freshwater marshes.
Depending on when you visit, you may spot tundra swans,Canada geese, snow geese, piping plovers, brown pelicans, bald eagles, andother colorful wildfowl... along with rare loggerhead sea turtles and yes, theoccasional snake.
All told, more than eight miles of trails crisscross the BackBay Refuge. These well-maintained trails vary in length, but most are onlymoderately strenuous.
Reese F. Lukei, Jr., Raptor Trail
Have little ones in tow? Check out the RaptorTrail, starting right behind the Visitor Center. This popular trek takes you0.4 miles (and back) along a wide gravel path amid wax myrtles, cypresses, andmarsh grasses. Watch for frogs, dragonflies, and slithery snakes. (Be sure tokeep to the path!) And, of course, be on the lookout for raptors - majestic birdsof prey such as hawks, falcons, and eagles.