Little Mountain Falls Trail Loop

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Fairy Stone State Park

Little Mountain Falls Trail Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stuart, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.3 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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Getting There

There is a $7/vehicle admission fee to enter Fairy Stone State Park.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Directions from Martinsville, VA: 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 for approximately 10-12 miles. After entering the park, veer left and park by the amphitheater. The trailhead is located there.

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Brandon Tucky
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Nice trail. Well marked. Went counterclockwise so the little fall was near end of trip. Was met by a rat snake along the trail trying to get some sun. Creek crossings were fun.

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Melisa Janey
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Great find with the waterfall. great views at the top.

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Wandering_mcs RVers
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We started this hike from Goose Point Rd outside of Fairy Stone SP. We did the trail clockwise. If you do it counterclockwise, you could shorten the length of the hike to the falls if you did an out-n-back rather than the loop. We enjoyed the loop trail on a beautiful day in March, sunny in the low 50s. Rained the day before but the trail was mostly dry. Easy to follow the orange trail markers on the trees. Be aware that there are 5-6 creek crossings on the section of the trail that follows along the creek. The creek is shallow and there are stones and tree branches to cross on if you prefer not to get wet. Hiking poles would be helpful for stability on these crossings. Multi-tiered Little Mountain Falls were pretty and flowing nicely since the area has had rain recently. Trail was mostly dirt with some small sections of rocks and roots. There’s a bench along the trail with a great open mountain view. Our 4mo. old golden retriever enjoyed this trail, also. It would be suitable for families with kids that can handle the distance & creek crossings. We only saw 1 other hiker for our entire trip and had the falls all to ourselves. We also saw wildflowers, large quartz rocks, interesting fungi, blooming moss, and a large centipede. Check out our pics for examples of the trail and sights along the way. Fun trail!

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Brian Stahl
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Christopher Walker
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A nice little trail. It was perfect for getting back on the trail after the winter

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Amber Coughlin
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Beautiful! Views and waterfall :) First time wearing our backpacking backs!

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Yves Lesenfants
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Kevin Muse
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A fun trail even though it’s wet and muddy from all the rain.

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Skylar Veltri
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Aaron Marshall
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Michiel Depoortere
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Bryant Johnson
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Quite a few muddy spots and watch out for the horse land mines. Pretty steep grade on either side of Blue Ridge Overlook. Taking the loop counter-clockwise makes the waterfall a great payoff in the latter half of the hike. Saw quite a few people out, many with their canine companions. As has been my experience, everyone was friendly and pleasant to meet.

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Christopher SanGiovanni
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This was a great trail and a great day. I went counterclockwise which ended up being great Bc going that way, the first half of the loop was nothing special and I got to the apex and enjoyed the wonderful view. At this point I still didn’t see a falls or any water. Then as I did the second half it all changed and it was beautiful. I picked up a creek soon after the apex and then there were areas you have to skip across the creek, about 6 times. This was fun and beautiful, always love having to do that. And then there was the gorgeous falls. It was a gem about 3/4 of way thru. And it was so nice and fun it really energized me. The sun was rising over it and I got great pics Overall really nice trail. Saw only one other group. The trail was wide and well marked. Lots of leaves on ground. If I lived in the area it would a trail I took visitors to to show them them beauty of it.

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Samantha Herman
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There is a $7 entrance fee. The trail was well maintained and marked. Follow orange the whole way. Multiple water crossings, a waterfall, and one overlook are the high points.

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Megan Huffman
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New favorite hike, such a beautiful place!

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Cristina Donaldson
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Very nice hiking trail. The lookout is pretty and the waterfall and streams are nice. Very muddy in some parts and stream crossovers can prove difficult.

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Sherry Siska
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Really nice hike. Super muddy in spots and a couple of the creek crossing spots were a bit dicey due to yesterday’s rain.

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Shannon King
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Raphael Viegas
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Erica Jones
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Lovely, lightly used trail so footing very nice. And yes, it is open for horse back riding too. Grades are pretty gradual as you loop around a ravine.

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Sandy Ho
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Easy. Few water crossings. Bring hiking poles.

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Nicole Rio
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EastWatch out for horse poop. More like 5 mile loop 2-3hr. Crossed four streams. Might as well go the loop to see the water fall and the overlook. Muddy

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Lisa Prewitt
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My daughter and I hiked this trail on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We only saw one other hiking group along the entire trail. There may have been people horseback riding in front of us because we noticed several fresh manure piles along the trail - something to watch out for. We enjoyed the falls as well as the mountain top view. There were multiple creek crossings, so we would recommend waterproof shoes/boots. We even saw a few deer which were bedding down in the leaves near the trail - although we saw very little other wildlife. We would recommend this hike - would be more interesting in the spring (abundant mountain laurel) and earlier fall (fall foliage).

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Will Mitchell
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Tough to find the start of the trail but once you're on it it's fine.

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Mary Peterson
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Well marked trail

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Shona Freeman
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This is an absolutely gorgeous trail! Loved it!

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kelly calpino
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First time to Fairystone park. Seems like there is plenty to do here. The hike was great. We took our two dogs. The waterfall was nice as we had just had a lot of rain. Trail muddy in some spots and needed to cross stream in some sections by stepping from one rock to another. Not too many other people. Nice overlook of the mountains.

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Dan Tobin
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Candace Gorham
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Went in Sunday 9/6/20. Got on the trail fairly early...8:30/9ish and started out pretty quiet although it was busy by the time I was heading out. This was my 2nd time on this hike and I liked it even more than the 1st time. The waterfall had more water than before so I got to play around in it a little and there weren’t as many horses.

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