967 Fairystone Lake Drive,
Stuart, VA 24171-9588
Phone: (276) 930-2424
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. Junius 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 that 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
that have been 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
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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
Time to Park from: Northern Virginia, six hours (from
Washington, DC); Richmond, four hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia
Beach, five hours; Roanoke, one hour.
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