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Fairy Stone State Park

967 Fairystone Lake Dr., Stuart, VA, 24171; Phone: 276-930-2424; Email: FairyStone@dcr.virginia.gov

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Latitude, 36.784393. Longitude, -80.093717.

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General Information

Home of the legendary fairy stones, this park is well known for its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott Reservoir. The park is just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Attractions include cabins, a campground, group camping, an equestrian campground, a conference center, hiking trails, lake swimming, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, picnicking and two playgrounds, including one in the water.

Hours

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location

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

From I-77 near Hillsville, take Route 58 East to Route 8 North to Route 57 East to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive).

From Greensboro, take Route 220 North to Route 220 North bypass at Martinsville, then Route 57 West to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive).

From Richmond, take Route 360 West to Route 58 West to Route 220 North Bypass at Martinsville to Route 57 West to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive)

Its address is 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart, VA 24171-9588; Latitude, 36.792468. Longitude, -80.116840.

Drive Time : Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., six hours (from Washington, DC); Richmond, four hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/Virginia Beach, five hours; Roanoke, one hour

Park Size

4,639 acres, 168-acre lake adjoining the Philpott Reservoir.

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Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES

Cabins, camping and group camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees.

Click here for details on reservation cancellation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for cabin stays.

Visit a Flickr photoset of typical cabins and lodges at the park. Cabins and lodges vary. Dwellings may not match what's shown in the photos.

Cabins

Typical two-bedroom cabin at Fairy Stone State Park.

Weekly rentals start Friday, Saturday or Sunday

Fairy Stone Lodge

  • Week stay runs from Sunday to Sunday
  • Check-in is 3 p.m.; check-out is 10 a.m.
  • Maximum occupancy, 16
  • Up to six cars allowed.
  • Five bedrooms (one is universally accessible); three bathrooms (one bathroom is universally accessible)
    • Two bedrooms have queen size beds (one is universally accessible)
    • Three bedrooms feature two sets of bunk beds (four beds per room)
  • universally accessible: kitchen, dining area, living room, one bedroom and one bath. The other bedrooms and bathrooms are not universally accessible (stairs lead to these rooms).
  • 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
  • Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet when not in an enclosed area; keep pets inside at night. Pets must be attended at all times.

Cabins have:

  • Kitchen: Refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, dishes, dishcloth, 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, 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
  • Picnic table
  • Swimming, in season, is free for overnight guests.
  • Cabins 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 22 have a limited view of lake.
  • Cabins 10-25 have screened-in porches.
  • Firewood is available at the park for a small fee.
  • Visitors to overnight guests are charged a parking fee and swimming fees. Visitors are requested to leave by 10 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, and visitors are charged the parking fees.
  • Cabins 18-20 are ADA accessible inside but have no outside ramps.
  • Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet when not in an enclosed area; keep pets inside at night. Pets must be attended at all times.

Total sites of each type: 1-room log efficiency, 3; 1-bedroom log waterview, 1; 2-bedroom log, 3; 2-bedroom log waterview, 2; 2-bedroom cinderbock, cedar-sided, 14; 2-bedroom cinderbock, cedar-sided waterview, 2; Fairy Stone Lodge, 1.

Site Types:

1-room log efficiency - One-room log cabin, sleeps two (allows three), one double bed. A bed may be rented, but space is very limited.

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

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

2-bedroom log waterview - two bedroom log water view cabin, sleeps four (allows six), one double bed, two singles

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

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

Fairy Stone Lodge - five bedrooms, three baths, sleeps 16, universally accessible, two queen size beds, six sets of bunk beds

Total cabins: 25 cabins, one lodge

Camping

Campsites have a fire ring that can be used for campfires and cooking. Two vehicles plus the camping unit are allowed per campsite, and all vehicles must be kept on the paved area of the campsite. Additional parking is approximately a half mile from the campground area and parking fees are charged. Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet when not in an enclosed area. Dogs must be attended at all times. Dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets and dispose of their waste in appropriate receptacles. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m.

Total sites: Yellow, 42; Green, 8; GrpTent, 6

Site types:

Yellow sites, up to 30' RVs, pop-ups, tents; have sandy tent pad

Green sites, no tents; up to 30' RVs or pop-ups only; doesn't have a sandy tent pad

Yellow and Green sites: All sites listed above have electric and water hook-ups, no sewer. There are 12' by 14' sandy tent pads on Yellow sites only (tents must fit on pads); no tents are permitted on Green sites. All equipment and vehicles must be on the pavement and sandy tent pad at all times. This includes tents, trailers, vehicles, dining flies and other equipment. All sites are shaded. No sewer hookups, but there is a dump station.

Note: Upon arrival, the customer checks in at the park office and is given a camp post site card printed on paper of the given color. The customer then goes to the campground, and selects and sets up on a site with a site post marker of the same 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 that group members' sites will be together.

Group Camp: Must rent at least three sites to qualify (GrpTent 01-06 Sites). All standard tent sites; no hookups; tents only. Must fit tent on 16' x 16' pad. Each has a grill, picnic table and lantern holder.

  • Tents only.
  • No water or electricity.
  • Rented to groups only.
  • Central bathhouse with running water and hot showers.
  • Extra tables, large grill and campfire ring available for group activities.
  • Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet when not in an enclosed area. Pets must be attended at all times.

Equestrian Camp: Electric-water sites. Sites can hold a camping unit up to 50 feet long. No tents are allowed. Sites accept 20, 30 and 50-amp current. One vehicle and the camping unit are allowed on each site. All sites are graveled pull-through sites and have no shade. All equipment and the vehicle must be kept on the gravel area at all times. Pit toilets only. There is a common campfire area with three picnic tables and a fire-ring at each end of the campground. All sites and the lower common area are ADA-accessible. Individual sites don't have picnic tables and fire-rings. The equestrian campground is 1.25 miles from the main recreational area and the group campground. Campers may use the group campground for showers between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Equestrian campground has no dump station. Campers may use the dump station in the main campground but should be advised the road to the main campground is hilly with sharp curves. Proof of negative Coggins test is required. Horses must remain in stalls while not being ridden. Non-horse campers may camp here if a site has not been reserved within 30 days before the desired date. Check-in is 4 p.m. and check-out is 3 p.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m.Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet when not in an enclosed area.

Camping Lodge (bunkhouse): Check-in is 3 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m. The camping lodge is generally available for rent March 1 through Oct. 31. Unlike most facilities, we reserve this lodge beginning January 1 rather than 11 months in advance. The transfer deadline and cancellation and pet fees are the same as those for cabins.

  • Linens not provided; mattresses are narrow.
  • Maximum 14 people; no extra bed rentals.
  • Up to six cars allowed. Park in the shelter two parking lot.
  • Two-night minimum. No weekly stay requirement.
  • No bathroom, kitchen.
  • Has air conditioning and heat.
  • Three rooms. Two sets of bunk-beds each in two rooms, and three sets of bunk-beds in a third room. Each room has screened windows and electrical outlets.
  • Use nearby group campground bathhouse for bathroom and showers.
  • It is near the park's group campground.
  • A covered porch runs the length of the building.
  • No fireplace.
  • No cooking facilities indoors.
  • There's a picnic table and fire ring grill just outside.
  • Keep pets on a leash no longer than six feet when not in an enclosed area. Pets must be attended at all times.

Recreation

TRAILS

Most of the park's Little Mountain Trail System, 10 miles, is multi-use. Multi-use trails are open to hiking, cycling and horseback riding. The remaining trails, parts of the Little Mountain system and all of the Stuart's Knob system, are for pedestrian use only.

Va. Outdoors sign

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Fairy Stone's trails.

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 reservation if swimming is important. Click here for park fees. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge. Swimming cannot be guaranteed, however, should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

FISHING, BOATING

The 168-acre Fairy Stone Lake is great for family fishing and boating. Paddle this serene lake in your canoe or kayak. Boat rentals are available daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends in April, May, September and October, weather permitting.Ample pan fish are just waiting to be caught, so it’s the perfect place to teach the kids fishing skills. For more serious anglers, the lake offers some good largemouth bass. Just up the road is Philpott Reservoir, which offers good largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. It’s also a good lake for walleye.

Fishing is allowed with a valid Virginia fishing license. Fishing licenses are sold in the park office. A fishing area is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.

A boat launch ramp is available. Electric motors are allowed on the lake; gas-powered boats are prohibited here. Boats with gasoline engines can be used at the Philpott Reservoir, 20 minutes from the park. Rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes can be rented during the summer season.

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

HORSES

Although no horses are rented here, they are allowed on the park's multi-use trails, and the park has an area designated for horse trailers. See the camping section above for information about overnight horse facilities here. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park.

HUNTING

Hunting is allowed only in designated areas. About half the park's land is open to hunting. Hunting is never allowed near the public facilities - i.e., the beach, cabins and campground. Adjacent to the park is the 5,000-acre Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area. Visit the Virginia Deparment of Game and Inland Fisheries website for more information on hunting.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide. Click here for its general facilities guide.

Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters are available for rent by calling the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-PARK. When not reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking and swimming fees are not included in shelter rental. Click here for park fees.

Fairy Stone State Park Picnic Shelters

Four shelters are available for rent. They can be rented from 8 a.m. to dark.

Per car parking fee: Standard car parking fee.

Cancellation policy: There's a cancellation fee, and no refunds are given within 14 days of the reservation date.

Shelter Amenities

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

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

Shelter 3: Allied Block Shelter. Accommodates 75 people under the shelter. universally accessible. Creek runs in front of shelter. Horseshoe pit nearby, but guests must bring their own horseshoes. Features electrical outlets, lights, a large grill and universally accessible bathrooms.

Shelter 4: Allied Pole Shelter. Accommodates 75 people under the shelter. universally accessible. No bathroom in this shelter, but adjacent shelter (#3) has universally accessible bathrooms. Creek runs in front of shelter; horseshoe pit in area, but guests must bring their own horseshoes. Features electrical outlets, lights and a large grill.

Beach shelters (2): These shelters are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Each accommodates up to 30 and has no electricity, lighting or grills.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

Fayerdale Hall Conference Center - To reserve, call 1-800-933-7275. This is a day-use facility. There are separate discount packages available, one for the weekend (Friday through Sunday) and another for weekdays (Monday through Thursday). Be sure to consider cleanup time when you rent the hall because the hall must be vacated by midnight. If you'd rather clean up and remove equipment at your leisure the next day, you'll want to rent the hall for an extra day.

Reservations must be paid in full within 14 days of the date the reservation is made. Cancellations can be made up until 14 days prior to the start of the reservation for a 10 percent cancellation fee or $100, whichever is less. Within 14 days prior to the first day of the reservation period, a 30 percent cancellation fee is charged.

Weekends (Friday - Sunday)

  • Full day (8 a.m. - midnight): $236 (cancellation fee is $71)
  • Wedding/event package: Two consecutive days, $315 (cancellation fee is $95)
  • Wedding/event package: Three consecutive days, $366 (cancellation fee is $109.80)

Weekdays (Monday - Thursday)

  • Full day (8 a.m. - midnight): $75 (cancellation fee is $22.50)
  • Wedding/event package: Two consecutive days, $125 (cancellation fee is $37.50)
  • Wedding/event package: Three consecutive days, $174 (cancellation fee is $52.20)
  • Wedding/event package: Four consecutive days, $225 (cancellation fee is $62.50)

Facilities:

  • Kitchen: electric range, refrigerator, ice machine, microwave. NO cookware, utensils, serving containers, flatware, dishes or paper products are available. The electricity here is 110V.
  • The serving of alcoholic beverages requires an ABC banquet license, which the customer must get through the local ABC office or online at www.abc.virginia.gov. The public use of alcoholic beverages outside of Fayerdale Hall is prohibited.
  • 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.
  • Fayerdale Hall guests are exempt from parking fees.
  • The building has WiFi.
  • Equipment rental (per day - all $10 each): TV with Blu-ray/DVD player; disco ball; flip chart and loading cart. There's also an event tent available in various sizes; call the park to make arrangements.
  • Tables and chairs are available for indoor use only (no charge). Call the park at least two weeks before the event to make arrangements for setup of the tables and chairs. There are 15 six-foot rectangular tables; five 48-inch round tables; three 8-foot tables; 130 chairs. The facility seats about 100 for a sit-down meal. White tablecloths are available for $3 per table.
  • Pets are not permitted in the facility.

The park also rents family lodges that may be use for small retreats and get-togethers.

RESTAURANT

None. This park has a snack bar in season.

LAUNDRY

East of the park, Stanleytown has laundry facilities as does Stuart, which lies west of Fairy Stone.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

None at this park.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Cabins 10-25 are wheelchair accessible on the inside and showers have seats. However, the cabins lack exterior access by ramps. Of these, 18, 19 and 20 are fairly level and can be accessed if one large step can be negotiated.
  • The lodge is 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 universally accessible shower and tall commode with handrails. There is a ramp to the kitchen area. The living room, dining room and kitchen are universally accessible. Other bedrooms are not accessible.
  • The park office has a ramp for wheelchair access.
  • The playground is universally accessible.
  • The conference center is accessible.
  • There is a universally 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 that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails. Visitors using a wheelchair should exercise caution as many park trails are steep and uneven. The paved Mountain View Trail is a good choice for those using a wheelchair.

NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS

Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs. Guided nature and history hikes, bluegrass music, guided fairy stone hunts, handicraft and other activities are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hikes, guided fairy stone hunts and kids' activities are also offered on weekends during spring and fall. For special arrangements for adult groups, school groups and outreach programs, call the park at (276) 930-2424.

Field trips for school groups and others: Our parks are great places to learn about nature, the environment and history. That's why we offer hands-on learning opportunities regarding those topics for school groups and other interested groups. Click here to download a short brochure that covers Fairy Stone's list of available programs. Call 276-930-2424 or email fairystone@dcr.virginia.gov for details.

Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

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 food service outside of these dates, but gifts and souvenirs are sold in the gift shop year-round Monday through Friday and every day from May through October. WiFi is available outside the concession building and at the lower beach parking area.

HISTORY

In the late 1920s various groups across the commonwealth began working towards the establishment of state parks in Virginia. It wasn't until 1933, however, with the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that the state was able to begin building such a system. At that time, six areas were acquired, including Fairy Stone. Roanoke newspaper publisher Junius B. Fishburn donated the 4,639-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.

FRIENDS GROUP

Those interested in joining this park support group should contact Tim Collins, president, at timothydcollins@gmail.com or 276-930-1715.

MASTER PLAN

Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Click here for this park's master plan.

WILDLIFE

Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Fairy Stone State Park.

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