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Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart

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Fairy Stone State Park, located in Patrick County, Virginia, is the largest of the original six state parks that opened on June 15, 1936, and is home to the mysterious "fairy stones", or staurolite. The stone, prevalent in the region, may have the St. Andrew's or Roman shape.
The park's land was donated in 1933 by Junius B. Fishburn, former president of the Southwest Virginia Trust Co. and former owner of the Roanoke Times. The park is 4,741 acres (19.19 km2), making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest to this day. Some of the park's features, including its lake and many structures still in use, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
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  • The Park Ranger presentation about Fairy Stones (staurolite crystals) - how they are formed, the different types, and how the name "Fairy Stones" came about - was very informative. The hunt site was.....  more
    The Park Ranger presentation about Fairy Stones (staurolite crystals) - how they are formed, the different types, and how the name "Fairy Stones" came about - was very informative. The hunt site was.....  more »
  • I didn't stay overnight here, but did some exploring in the park looking for fairy stones. The rangers were super helpful and kind. 
    I didn't stay overnight here, but did some exploring in the park looking for fairy stones. The rangers were super helpful and kind.  more »
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  • Beautiful park with lots of things to do. They have guided tours and hikes pretty much all season. The campground is what I mainly went for. It's a decent campground, just a little old. The showers look fairly new and were in good condition and clean. Each site has water and electric (2 110s and a 220).The campsites are OK, but if you want a little privacy, get one on the outside of the loop. On the inside everyone can see pretty much everything you do. Also, if you're tent camping (which I do, glamping in an AC cooled camper or RV just isn't camping to me. Might as well go live in a trailer park), make sure you get a site with a gravel tent pad. Several of them just have sand tent pads, and that gets really messy and all over everything, especially if it rains. All in all, I'd give Fairystone Campground a 7/10. I'd definitely go back.
  • This is a great park with snack bar, lifeguards, picnic areas, grills, paddle boats, camping and cabins. We just went for the day to swim but had a great time and definitely plan to come back. Nice sandy area, well maintained with shady areas on grass. Bathrooms close to beach.

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