Fairy Stone State Park

General Information: Fairy Stone State Park is home of the mysterious "fairy stones." It is one of the six original Virginia state parks to open on June 15, 1936. The treasured stone so prevalent in the region, beautiful scenery, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make Fairy Stone one of the favorites of park visitors. Julius B Fishburn, who had been president of the Southwest Virginia Trust Company, donated the 4,868-acre site, making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest to this day.

The Legend of the Fairy Stone

Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan's reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion, they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form beautiful crosses. When the fairies disappeared from the enchanted place, ground about the spring and the adjacent valley was strewn with these mementos of the event.

For many years, people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are brown staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Together, these minerals crystallize in twin form, accounting for the crosslike structure. Found only in rocks subjected to great heat and pressure, the stones are most commonly shaped like St Andrew's and Roman crosses. The most sought after are those in the shape of the Maltese cross.

The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere, but not in such abundance and shaped so nearly like crosses as in the vicinity of Fairy Stone State Park.

Location: From I-81 near Roanoke, take exit to Route 581 to Route 220 South to Route 57 West to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive).

Overnight Facilities: Cabins, camping and group camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, call 1-800-933-PARK.

Cabins and Lodge (for information on the Fayerdale Conference Facility, see special offerings section)

Weekly rentals start Friday, Saturday or Sunday

Fariy Stone Lodge
    • Week stay runs from Sunday to Sunday
    • Maximum occupancy: 16
    • Five bedrooms (one is handicapped accessible); three bathrooms (one bathroom is handicapped accessible)
      • Two bedrooms have queen size beds (one is handicapped accessible)
      • Three bedrooms feature two sets of bunk beds (four beds per room)
    • Handicapped accessible: kitchen, dining area, living room, one bedroom and one bath. The other bedrooms and bathrooms are not handicapped accessible (stairs lead to these rooms).
    • No pets
    • No smoking
    • Kitchen and living area
      • The kitchen is equipped with an electric range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, drip coffee maker, pots, pans, dishes and utensils
      • The dining area includes a fireplace with gas logs
    • Heated and air-conditioned with heat pump
    • Linens provided
Cabins have:
    • Kitchen: Refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, dishes, dishcloth, a few dish towels, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, microwave oven, toaster
    • Rustic furniture and linens (one set per person for four people). Cabins are climate controlled (heat and AC). Bring food, dish detergent, extra dish towels, coffee filters, coffee, salt and pepper, nonstick cooking spray, extra bath towels, bodywash/soap, board games or cards. No dishwasher, telephone, TV, washer/dryer.
    • Living area: Sofa, dining table
    • Bedrooms: Beds and nightstands, clock radios
    • Fireplaces
    • Outdoor pedestal grill; bring your own grilling utensils
    • Picnic table
    • Swimming in season and boat launch are free for overnight guests
    • Cabins 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 22 have a limited view of the lake.
    • Cabins 10-25 have screened-in porches.
    • Firewood is available at the park for $3/bundle.
    • Visitors to overnight guests are charged a parking fee and swimming fees. Visitors are requested to leave by 10:00 p.m., when the park closes. They must park in the area designated by the park.
    • Two vehicles allowed at each cabin. Additional parking is approximately 1/4-mile from cabin area, with visitors charged a parking fee.
    • Cabins 18-20 are ADA accessible inside, but have no outside ramps.
Total sites of each type: CLEF, 2; CL1W, 1; CL2B, 3; CL2W, 2; CS2B, 14; CS2W, 2; LGFS,1

Site Types:

CLEF - One room log cabin, sleeps two only, one double bed

CL1W - One bedroom log waterfront cabin, sleeps two (allows four), one double bed

CL2B - Two bedroom log cabin, sleeps four (allows six), one double bed, two singles

CL2W - Two bedroom log waterview cabin, sleeps four (allows six), one double bed, two singles

CS2B - Two bedroom cedar-sided (cinderblock), sleeps four (allows six), one double bed, two singles

CS2W - Two bedroom cedar-sided waterview (cinderblock), sleeps four (allows six), one double bed, two singles

LGFS - Five bedrooms, three baths, sleeps 16, handicapped accessible, two queen size beds, six sets of bunk beds

Total cabins: 24 cabins, one lodge


Campsites have a fire ring on the ground and can be used for campfires and cooking. Campsites allow one extra vehicle in addition to the camping unit and all vehicles must be kept on the paved area in the campsite. Additional parking is approximately 1/2 mile from the campground with a parking fee required.

Total sites: REWA, 51; GTNT, 7

Site Types:

REWA - yellow sites, up to 30' RVs, pop-ups, tents
RV30 - green sites, NO tents; up to 30' RVs or pop-ups only

All sites listed above have electric and water hook-ups, no sewer. They are paved with a sandy area to accommodate equipment as specified; up to 30' trailers; 12' by 14' tent pads on yellow sites (tents must fit on pads); all sites shaded.

Note: The customer's designated site color is printed on the confirmation letter. This color-coding is important because customers select their own site. Upon arrival, the customer checks in at the park office where he or she is given a check-in form printed on paper of the given color. The customer then goes to the campground, selects and sets up on a site with a wooden marker of that color.

Groups with members wishing to have sites near each other have several options. A member of the group may arrive early and stake other members' campsites, or the guest may call the park, (276) 930-2424, within a week before arrival to make arrangements. We cannot guarantee group members' sites will be together.

GTNT - All standard tent sites; no hookups; tents only allowed. Must fit tent on 16' by 16' pad. Each has a grill, picnic table and lantern holder.

Group camp: Must rent at least three sites to qualify
    • Tents only allowed
    • No water or electricity
    • Rented to groups only. Used as overflow if regular campground is full and group campground has not been rented to a group.
    • Central bathhouse with running water and hot showers.
    • Extra tables, large grill and campfire ring available for group activities.
Size: 4,868 acres, 168 acre lake adjoining the Philpott Reservoir

Parking/Admission: To learn about cost-saving annual park passes, call 1-800-933-PARK or in Richmond, 225-3867.

Fairy Stone State Park Map

Fishing/Boating: Fishing is allowed with a valid Virginia fishing license on the 168-acre lake. A fishing area is accessible to visitors with physical disbilities.

A boat launch ramp is available for non-gasoline powered boats. Gasoline-powered boats are allowed on the Philpott Reservoir, within a 20-minute drive from the park. In addition, rowboats, paddleboats and canoes are available for rent during the summer season.

Boats may be rented on weekends, weather permitting, in April, May, September and October.

Swimming: Lake swimming - Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day only. The swimming beach is complete with a bathhouse, concession area and beach toys. Times of operation may vary prior to mid-June and after mid-August depending on the availability of lifeguards, as the park uses mostly students. Guests may wish to call Fairy Stone prior to making reservations if swimming is important. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge. However, it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

Concessions: Operating from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The snack bar offers short-order foods, drinks, candy and ice cream as well as beach supplies, gifts and souvenirs. Fairy Stone has no concessions or interpretive programming outside of these dates.

Laundry: The closest laundromat is three miles from the park.

Restaurant/Groceries: None.

Interpretive Programs: Guided nature hikes, Bluegrass music, Junior Rangers, slide presentations, guide fairy stone hunts. None offered prior to Memorial Day or after Labor Day.

Handicap Accessibility:
    • Cabins 10-25 are wheelchair accessible on the inside and showers have seats. However, the cabins lack exterior access by ramps. Of these, 15, 18, 19, 20 and 25 are fairly level and can be accessed if one large step can be negotiated.
    • Lodge: This newly renovated facility has been designed to be accessible. There is a ramp to the main entrance from paved parking spaces. One bedroom with a queen-sized bed is wheelchair accessible. One bathroom has a handicapped shower and tall commode with handrails. There is a ramp to kitchen area. The living room, dining room and kitchen are handicapped accessible. Other bedrooms are not accessible.
    • Office: Features a ramp and doorway for wheelchair access.
    • The swimming area and playground are handicapped accessible.
    • The conference center is accessible.
    • There is a handicapped accessible fishing area.
    • Allied picnic shelters (3 and 4) and the restrooms for the shelters are accessible.
    • Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters meeting the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed.
Hunting: Approximately half the park's acreage is open to hunting. There's a 5,000-acre quality deer management area next to the park.

Horse Rentals: Although no horses are rented here, they are allowed on the park's multi-user trails, plus the park has an area designated for horse trailers.

Trails: Nine of the park's 14 miles of trails, which are open year-round, are multi-use. That section is open to hiking, bicycling (mountain bikes only) and horseback riding. The remainder is hiking only.

Picnicking: Picnic areas include drinking water and restroom facilities. Picnic shelters are also available on a reservation or first-come, first-served basis by calling the Reservations Center. The playground has been upgraded to provide appropriate play equipment for small children. Parking and swimming fees are not included in the shelter rental.

Fairy Stone State Park Picnic Shelters

Four shelters are available for rent. They can be rented from 8:00 a.m. to dark (all day), or 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to dark (half day). Please note the hour in between for half day rental times.

Per car parking fee: Standard car parking fee.

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.

Shelter Amenities

Shelter 1: Shelter can accommodate 75 people under the shelter. No restrooms; portable toilet only. Overlooks part of the lake, but there is no flat area for games. Features lights, large grill and a fireplace in each end of the shelter. No electrical outlets.

Shelter 2: Shelter can accommodate 75 people under the shelter. Restroom is approximately 500 feet from shelter. Large parking area and level area for games. Features electrical outlets, one large grill, lights and a fireplace in each end of the shelter.

Shelter 3: Also know as Allied Block Shelter. Shelter can accommodate 75 people under the shelter. Handicapped accessible. Creek runs in front of shelter; horseshoe pit in area, but guests must bring their own horseshoes. Features electrical outlets, lights, one large grill and a handicapped accessible bathroom.

Shelter 4: Also know as Allied Pole Shelter. Shelter can accommodate 75 people under the shelter. Handicapped accessible. No bathroom in this shelter, but adjacent shelter (#3) has a bathroom. Creek runs in front of shelter; horseshoe pit in area, but guests must bring their own horseshoes. Features electrical outlets, lights, one large grill, handicapped accessible bathrooms near adjacent shelter (#3).

Group Shelter: Shelter accommodates 50 under roof. Park supplies are stored here so don't be surprised by interruptions from the park maintenance crew. Two standard size grills, limited parking (no more than 30 vehicles). Has lights, bathroom and level area for games.

Environmental Education Center: None.

Visitor Center: Featuring exhibits on the plant and animal life of the area, as well as the folklore surrounding the fairy stones, the visitor center is open on weekends through the summer.

Estimated Driving Time to Park from: Northern Virginia, six hours (from Washington, DC); Richmond, four hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, five hours; Roanoke, one hour.

Nearby Attractions: Contact the Chamber of Commerce for Patrick County at (276) 694-6012 for more information on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virgniia Museum of Natural History, Philpott Lake, Reynolds Homestead, J.E.B. Stuart birthplace, two covered bridges.

Camping, Cabin Rates: Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park. Rates are subject to verification by DCR's state parks reservation staff (1-800-963-PARK).

Events: The Fairy Stone Arts and Crafts Fair, late August.

Special Offerings:

Fayerdale Hall Conference Center - For reservations, call 1-800-933-7275 or in Richmond, 225-3867. This facility is day-use only.
    • Half day (6 hours): $125
    • Full day (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.): $225
    • Wedding Package: $300 (includes a half day rental for the wedding rehearsal and a full day rental for the wedding/reception)
    • Kitchen: electric range, refrigerator, ice machine, microwave. NO cookware, utensils, serving containers, flatware, dishware or paper products are available.
    • The serving of alcoholic beverages requires an ABC banquet license, which the customer must get through the local ABC office
    • Decorations are permitted, but cannot be attached to painted surfaces and cannot damage the facility in any way. Renters will be held responsible for damages or any excess cleaning of the facility required after the event.
    • Fayerdale Hall guests are exempt from parking fees.
    • Equipment Rental (per day - all $10 each): TV with VCR; second TV; overhead projector with screen: slide projector with screen; flip chart.
    • A podium with amplification is available at no charge.
    • Tables/chairs available (no charge). Guests should call the park to arrange needs at least two weeks before the event. There are 15 six-foot rectangular tables; five 48-inch round tables; and 130 chairs. The facility seats approximately 80 for a sit-down meal and approximately 130 without tables.
Cancellation Policy - Reservations must be paid for in full within 14 days of the date the reservation is made. Cancellations can be made up to 30 days prior to the start of the reservation for a $20 cancellation fee. Within 30 days prior to the start of the reservation, a 30 percent fee is charged.

30% Cancellation Fee
Half Day
All Day
Wedding Package

Park History: In the late 1920s, various groups across the commonwealth began working toward the establishment of state parks in Virginia. It wasn't until 1933, however, with the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the state was able to begin building such a system. At that time, six areas were acquired, including Fairy Stone. Roanoke newspaper publisher, Julius B Fishburn, donated the 4,868 acre site, making it the largest of the six original parks, and one of the largest to this day.

The CCC provided the labor and materials for the construction of the park from 1933 until the CCC camp was removed in the spring of 1941. Roads, trails, picnic areas, cabins, a restaurant, bathhouse, dam and sanitation system are all part of the original CCC construction. Their handiwork is still evident in the park's log cabins.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Fairy Stone State Park, 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart, VA 24171-9588, phone: (276) 930-2424