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. Reviewers have praised championship courses, which offer full-service clubhouses and complete practice facilities.
The Rappahannock Area YMCA offers a wide range of activities — including swimming, youth programs and adult fitness. Fitness centers help residents maintain active lifestyles.
Those seeking a more rural getaway can check out Wilderness Presidential Resorts, open year-round and offering a variety of exciting weekly activities.
The University of Mary Washington offers the finest in spectator sports — including basketball, 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, the baseball diamond, the basketball court or the hockey rink.
A trip south to Richmond offers the chance to enjoy the excitement of NASCAR at the Richmond International Raceway.