Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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A CX is a very good choice for what you're looking to do. There are actually quite a few threads in the Cyclocross forums with people wanting to also know if a CX bike is the right choice for them, so search for those threads first and look 'em over. You might just find the info you're looking for.
As far as price range, 200-300 nor get you anywhere. Decent CX bikes like the Kona Jake start at around $800 and many of the others like the Cannondale Cyclocross, Bianchi Axis, and Trek XO-1 begin at around $1200.
If you wanna see some cross action, check out cyclingnews.com and grahamwatson.com, and also do a google search for cyclocross as well as the websites for bike manufactureres like Cannondale, Bianchi, Trek, fuji, and Kona.