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Outdoor Lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Set the scene for a weekend of outdoor fun in the Fredericksburg, VA region by booking a cabin for your group at Wilderness Presidential Resorts. Sip coffee on your secluded front porch as you plan a day of outdoor fun in the Fredericksburg region. For an added challenge, take a spin on the resort’s new adventure course. (You can also find a great place to pitch a tent on this list of area campsites.)

To get your bearings, stop by River Rock Outfitter in downtown Fredericksburg. You’ll find plenty of men’s and women’s outdoors gear and apparel from top brands to restock your wardrobe, and you’ll also get knowledgeable guidance on all there is to do here. From climbing to fly-fishing to getting out on the water on a kayak or paddleboard, this place can help you get started.

For golfers, the Fredericksburg region has many options. Head up to Stafford County’s Curtis Park for a round on The Gauntlet, which has been praised as one of the best golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic.

Afterward, head to Adventure Brewing for a tasting at this local micro-brewery. As the name suggests, the folks at Adventure can probably help you find new ideas for exploring the Fredericksburg region.

Want to explore more of the Fredericksburg region’s craft beverage tradition? Take a look at our Spirited Foodie Itinerary.

For a hearty meal, go for a steak at the Log Cabin or Olde Towne Steak & Seafood. You've earned it.

Next morning, stop at the Spotsylvania County Farmers Market (if it’s a Saturday April through December) for provisions before you fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Mason-Dixon Café.

Then it’s off to the Virginia Outdoor Center, where you can take a half-day or full-day canoe trip down the Rappahannock River. The banks of this stretch of river have been protected by conservation easement by the city of Fredericksburg, so it's easy to imagine what early pioneers saw as they traversed this landscape.

While you’re here, you might want to check out the network of off-road trails that lead upriver from the Virginia Outdoor Center. These are great for trail running, mountain biking and getting a view of the river you can’t see from any road. They also connect to Fredericksburg’s popular Rappahannock River Heritage Trail, a 3.1-mile loop that affords some spectacular river views and jumping-off points for exploring more of the city.

The Potomac River also offers great water adventure possibilities. Aquia Paddlers, located at Hope Springs Marina on Aquia Creek, rents canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards. Be on the lookout for blue herons, bald eagles and other wildlife as you make your way up the creek toward historic Government Island.

Explore more of Stafford County’s history with a stop at the White Oak Civil War Museum. Some believe this is the best locally focused collection of Civil War artifacts in the country. Life-size indoor and outdoor exhibits focused on soldiers’ living quarters will give even the most avid outdoorsman an appreciation for what life was like in the thick of this conflict.

For lunch or dinner in a setting a river-lover would approve of, grab a table on the outdoor patio at Brock’s Riverside Grill in downtown Fredericksburg or Amy’s Café in Falmouth for a good meal with a view.

Did you Know?

Aquia Landing, a scenic spot at the confluence of the Potomac River and Aquia Creek, was a major transportation hub dating back to Colonial times, and Capt. John Smith passed by it as he entered Aquia Creek in 1608. It was the site of the Civil War’s first ship-to-shore naval engagement in 1861, and a year later between 10,000 and 20,000 fled the war zone through this point, earning it the nickname, “Gateway to Freedom.” Today it is a public park and a beautiful spot to contemplate history and spot waterfowl and other wildlife.

Have an extra day?

Consider spending it on Lake Anna. Sturgeon Creek Marina, Duke’s Creek Marina and  Lake Anna Marina offer boat rentals, and Lake Anna State Park is a great place to hike, swim off the beach, camp and even learn about the region’s history as a gold-mining destination.