Located along the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg boasts an assortment of trails, parks and nature programs that allows residents to easily enjoy the area's natural beauty. The Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area consists of 860 acres of open space for hiking, picnicking and other activities. Its centerpiece is a 160-acre reservoir that is a haven for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. With an emphasis on staying physically fit, the city's parks and recreation department offers an array of athletic, dance and fitness classes. Fredericksburg also hosts several family-friendly events throughout the year, such as an annual Christmas parade, picnics and a soapbox derby. The region is also full of historical interest points, including George Washington's boyhood home, Civil War battlefields and the James Monroe Museum.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, a city with a rich history and bright future, has a vast inventory of single-family homes within 50 miles of the nation's capital. Fredericksburg offers an impressive variety of options to homebuyers, from historic properties with large lots to newer constructions in residential tracts to condominiums and townhouses. While the median home price is higher than that of the U.S. as a whole, the cost of buying in Fredericksburg is less than many of the suburbs closer to Washington D.C.

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