What to do in Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park is home of the rare and mysterious fairy stones. The legend says that fairies lived in this area and when they heard of Christ's crucifixion, they wept and as their tears fell to the earth they crystallized into stone crosses. These stone crosses are still plentiful today and may be found only in Virginia, North Carolina and Switzerland. The park has 4,868 acres with a 168-acre lake that adjoins Philpott Reservoir and is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Recreation
This park offers camping, cabins, fresh water lake for non-motored boats and swimmers, hiking, biking and horse trails. Campgrounds are closed each year during the months of December, January and February. There is a network of hiking trails, many of which are short connecting park facilities to each other. Others are moderate to strenuous in difficulty and offer an enjoyable wilderness journey. Approximately half of the park's acreage is available for hunting. This was one of Virginia's first state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and dedicated on June 15, 1936.

Nearby is the birthplace of Confederate officer J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart's Knob has four difficult trails. Taking Rt. 346 out of the park, turn right onto Rt. 623. Look for parking area with trailhead.

Location
Fairy Stone is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take Rt. 58 or Rt. 8 off the Blue Ridge Parkway and head north on Rt. 57. From Martinsville, Virginia take Rt. 57 west.

Climate
Virginia generally has mild winters and warm summers. The Blue Ridge foothills can experience cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping slightly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The temperature in the foothills of the Blue Ridge range from 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Address
967 Fairystone Lake Drive
Stuart, VA 24171-9588

Phone: 276-930-2424

Email: pco@dcr.state.va.us
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