I can relate to the desire to fish close to home. I rarely travel more than 30 minutes to fish. However I think you would be missing out on a lifetime experience if you didn't spend some time fishing the small brook-trout streams out in Rappahannock, Madison and Greene Counties. I'm talking about the Rapidan, Rose, and Conway rivers for starters.
The fishing is only "good" if you like challenging fly fishing. However even when the fishing is mediocre, the experience is incredible. Follow these streams into deep chasms cut off from most man-made noise and you'll encounter picturesque scenes you'll ache to take home with you.. Much of the time you'll have the place to yourself, and the audio - between the water rushing through rocks and the birds and the wind in the trees - is the stuff of movie sound tracks.
And should you be luck enough to catch an 8" or 9" brook trout, you'll feel as though you held a pile of jewels in your cupped hands.
As you can tell, I'm quite moved by the time I spent up there and wish I could get back.