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Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia's six original state parks, is home to its namesake "fairy stones." These rare mineral crosses and the park's scenic beauty, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make it a local and regional favorite. The 4,639 acres that make up the park were donated by Junius B. Fishburn, former owner of the Roanoke Times, in 1933. The Civilian Conservation Corps originally built the park, its lake and many structures still in use there. The Legend of the Fairy Stone: Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatans 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. 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 staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Staurolite crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, hence the stone's cross-like structure. Found only in rocks once subjected to great heat and pressure, the mineral was formed long, long ago, during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrews cross, an "X," but "T" shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought-after. The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance as at Fairy Stone State Park.

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1 month ago

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4 months ago

A great trail that has a nice rest stop with a great view and the dam/spillway was a great place for a picnic. Trail was very easy very little up or down.

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4 months ago

Nice trail

Very nice trail with no people

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Very easy, couple of nice views (still no leaves up) and did not take much time. I think map try's to start you in a different spot. There are signs marking the lot to park in.

Overall, I enjoyed the trail. However, while on it I was wondering why it was labeled hard, there wasn't too many inclines. As we were approaching the waterfall it was a moderately steep down hill slope. It seems as though if we started going to the left side of the loop from the trail head we would have done more climbing. Wish we would have known that from the beginning! It would be worth going back again and trying the trail counterclockwise!

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6 months ago

This is a great little hike if you just have an hour or so!

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6 months ago

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9 months ago

This is part of the Stuart's Knob Trail System in Fairy Stone State Park...not private property as listed here. This trail exceeded my expectations. There are several switchbacks with some elevation change for a short loop. You pass a couple old mine entrances (you need to take a short spur to get to one). The scenery is pretty, especially with some fall color remaining in the trees. There is also a very nice view looking down over the lake and the beach area. You can extend the hike by including the Stuart's Knob or Whiskey Run Trails, and there is plenty of room to park at the trailhead.

A very family-friendly state park with several nice trails and a lot to do and explore. We will need to come back in the summer with the kids to take full advantage of it. This was initially a general entry for the park trails. More trails have since been added to the database.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Amazing Park! Camped for a weekend. Campground was small and private. Fished, swam in beached area with a "Lilly pad" filled with kid friendly floats anchored to beach. Trails were beautiful with water. Overall great experience and many plans to return.

don't even waste your time Park is a waste of money nobody knows how to maintain a trail nothing is Mark and whoever that heck decided to make a map use to go back to Matt drawings class cuz they're morons