Nature and recreation complement each other well in an area with scenic rivers, acres of wooded parkland and lush golf greens. Lake Anna, one of Virginia’s largest lakes, and the rivers that wind through the region — the Potomac, Rappahannock and Rapidan — are major recreation areas. Several parks and golf courses are located near these and other waterways. Naturalists and historians guide educational water excursions, and anglers can reel in anything from bass to walleye.
For those who prefer a leisurely pace, challenging golf courses boasting layouts for all skill levels can be found at the region’s public and private courses. Championship courses offering full-service clubhouses and complete practice facilities have been praised by reviewers.
The Rappahannock Area YMCA offers a wide range of activities, including swimming, youth programs and adult fitness. Fitness centers help residents maintain active lifestyles.
The University of Mary Washington offers the finest in spectator sports, including lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball. Many of its athletes have been named All-Americans. A trip to Washington, D.C., or Baltimore brings opportunities for watching top-form professional athletes hit the gridiron and the baseball diamond.
A trip south to Richmond offers the chance to enjoy the excitement of NASCAR at the Richmond International Raceway.
The State Fair of Virginia, which takes place each fall, now operates in Caroline County and attracts more than 200,000 people.