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Description - 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.

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).

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.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Tent camping. Area was clean and well kept. Some sites are tight in space. Nice sandy tent pads, especially great when it rained and we had no mud to worry about. Nice quite lake for canoeing(no motor boats). Great beach with "water animals" for small children. Nice area for adults also. Enjoyed the hike. Lots of trails. Other areas of the park looked clean and well kept. Hope to return.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Support Virginia's Gold Medal Winning State Parks! State Parks and Natural Areas Bond Referendum, Tuesday, November 5th.

Filed By: T Dawn
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful area- great place for a picnic & swim! We'll go back!

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Fairy Stone State Park, 967 Fairystone Lake Drive , Stuart, VA, 24171-9588, Phone: 276-930-2424
, pco@dcr.state.va.us

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Roanoke Area - Roanoke is known as the Star City. The Roanoke Valley has many attributes to charm any visitor. Conveniently located off I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke offers museums, attractions, farmers markets and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
Virginia State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

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