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Fairy Stone State Park

Photo Credit:Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
Fairy Stone State Park is a 4639-acre park, packed with all of the outdoor activities and overnight facilities necessary for an enjoyable visit.

The park is home to a 168-acre lake that is perfect for enjoying fishing, kayaking, paddle boating or canoeing. Several types of boats are available for rent. A playground located in the water.

In addition to the water activities, Fairy Stone State Park has hiking, biking, picnics and horseback riding on lovely trails.

Bring along four-legged family members as dogs are welcome. They can even stay overnight for an additional fee.

Overnight facilities include cabins and campsites. Available amenities include showers and a camp store.

Some of the cabins have views of the lake and screened in porches. Cabins also have fireplaces, and firewood is for sale in the park.

Another perk of staying at Fairy Stone State Park is the park’s close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway. This area is home beautiful scenery, as well as attractions, antique stores and more.

Visitors who stay overnight should be sure to venture out at least once to explore the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway.

Now about the park’s name: Crossed shaped stones, which some call Fairy Stones, are found in large numbers in the park. The stones were formed under great pressure.

In this case, the pressure came as the Appalachian Mountains were being formed. Another more fanciful explanation for the stones involves a legend about weeping fairies.

The legend tells that, many years before Chief Powhatan’s reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with other woodland creatures. As they were enjoying the beautiful outdoors, an elf came with a sad message: Christ was dead.

The fairies cried many tears as they listened to the story of the cruxifiction. The tears crystallized to form the uniquely shaped stones, including the shape of the cross. While Fairy Stones are found in other spots, this park has more of them than anyplace else.

Fairy Stone State Park Basics

Overnight: Cabins and campsites are available. The park also has a conference center.
Handicap accessible: Some of the park’s trails are wheelchair accessible.
Public bathrooms: Yes
Fairy Stone State Park is located off of Interstate 81. Take route 581 to 57 and finally to route 346.
Pets are allowed in the park. They must be on a leash at all times. If staying overnight, there will be a per night pet fee.
Call 800-933-PARK for reservations or more information.

Location: Patrick County
Address: 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart, VA, 24171
Latitude: 36.792468
Longitude: -80.116840

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