Fairy Stone State Park RV & Campground Guide


One of Virginia’s oldest and largest state parks, Fairy Stone State Park was founded in 1936 and includes 4,741 acres. The park’s name comes from the strange, small, cross-shaped rocks found in the area, which are petrified fairy tears, according to local myth. The stones are actually a geological curiosity made from a blend of silica, iron, and aluminum exposed to extreme heat, and the park has frequent fairy stone hunting events led by park rangers.

Just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the park’s high altitude and hilly terrain make it a unique and exciting ecosystem with rare species like bobcats and many migratory birds visiting yearly. The lake accommodates anglers, swimmers, and boating, and there’s plenty to explore along the miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Nearby Cities:

  • Bassett, VA

  • Oak Level, VA

  • Roanoke, VA

  • Martinsville, VA

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Spring 31-76 F
Summer 58-86 F
Fall 31-79 F
Winter 23-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fairy Stone State Park

Campground Accommodations

Fairy Stone State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 30 feet

  • Other amenities: Dump station, fire rings, picnic tables, bathhouse

Fairy Stone State Park Campground

RV camping is available right in Fairy Stone State Park from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December. All sites have 20- and 30-amp electrical hookups and water hookups. Some of the sites are pull-through sites. There is a dump station in the park. All campsites have fire rings. Dogs are allowed if kept on a leash. Nightly rates are $35 for Virginia residents and $40 for non-residents.

Indian Heritage RV Park

Indian Heritage RV Park in Martinsville is open year-round and has RV sites with full hookups. They have free Wi-Fi, a heated bathhouse, and laundry facilities. The campsites have fire rings, and there is ramp access to the river for fishing, kayaking, or canoeing.

Deer Run Campground

Deer Run Campground is located in Ferrum. Many of their RV sites offer full hookups. Amenities include restrooms, bathhouses, a playground, a swimming pool, a store, a game room, and a dump station. They have activities such as fishing, movie nights, paint parties, and horseshoes. Rates start at $35 per night.

Chantilly Farm

Chantilly Farm in Floyd offers RV sites with full or partial hookups. They have a dump station as well. The campground has restrooms, bathhouses, and a store. The scenic view from this campground is beautiful. Rates start at $29 per night for partial hookups and $34 for full hookups.

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What to Do at
Fairy Stone State Park

Going hunting for fairy stones is a unique activity the park celebrates, and it’s worth the time to go on a ranger-led excursion. While hikers may find some of the trails demanding, they’re also exciting and offer fabulous lake views. The lake is a great place to cool off with a swim in the designated area, and the park offers many rental options, including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, paddleboats, and more.

Find a fairy stone and then hit the lake. Or, head into the hills on a hiking trail, and don’t forget to bring your fishing gear and mountain bike.

Inside Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park has 10 miles of trails that can be used for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Swimming is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can go fishing and boating on Fairy Stone Lake. Boats are available for rental from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Of course, keep your eyes open for fairy stones that you may see on the ground; you are allowed to pick them up and keep them.

Fishing Fishing

At the park, panfish, bluegill, and crappie greet patient anglers, and the state stocks the water with trout every October. The connecting Philpott Reservoir has bass and catfish. You can fish from shore, but the lake is very popular for fishing from a boat as well.

Geocaching Geocaching

Fairy Stone State Park loves geocaching. There are 21 caches to find, including quick grabs and earth caches with special collection rules. The park even offers a printable guide with all their official caches, park-specific safety instructions, and a brief guide to state-wide geocaching challenges.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Lots of animals rove the mountainous area, and the park sits along migratory bird routes. There are blinds scattered throughout the park, and so long as they aren’t rented to a group, they’re open for guests to sit and wait for something interesting to stroll or flutter by. There are lots of good views around the lake, too, and guests who don’t mind carrying a collapsible camp chair can find quiet places to set up for birding or wildlife photography.

Stargazing Stargazing

The park’s high elevation and remote location create ideal stargazing conditions. The park even holds periodic stargazing events, so be sure to check their website to see what’s on the calendar.

Flora and Fauna

Fairy Stone State Park is heavily forested. Evergreens mix with deciduous trees like oaks, maples, and beeches. The area sees lots of birds, including ruby-throated hummingbirds, red-winged blackbirds, warblers, woodpeckers, vireos, and abundant waterfowl. A deer wildlife management area attracts many white-tailed guests, and the region sees plenty of raccoons and rarer animals like black bears and the occasional bobcat.

Hiking Hiking

There are trails for every fitness level and adventure style. The Lakeshore Trail is an easy 2.6-mile hike great for families who want to stretch their legs. It has scenic views year-round, and the deciduous trees turn into vivid reds, yellows, and oranges in fall. The only trail exclusively for hiking is Stuart’s Knob Trail, a moderate 1.7-mile track with some steep climbs.


The park’s 168-acre lake connects with Philpott Reservoir, and there’s a lot to explore on the water. A boat launch allows guests to bring their own electric motorized boats to use in designated areas of the lake. Gas-powered motors are banned. The park also offers lots of non-motorized paddling options for rent. These include paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and rowboats.

Swimming Swimming

The park not only offers swimming but also provides lifeguards to keep everyone safe. In addition, there are restrooms where you can shower and change near the water.


All trails in the park except for Stuart’s Knob Trail are open to bikes. The area has lots of hills, tree roots, and other terrain challenges to test your mountain biking skills.

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How to Get to
Fairy Stone State Park

From Richmond, Virginia, take Interstate 95 South for roughly 30 miles, then take exit 51 for Interstate 85 South toward Atlanta. Continue for about 55 miles. Take exit 12B for US-58 West and turn right onto US-58 West. Follow this route for approximately 75 miles. US 58 turns into US 220 North in Horse Pasture. Next, take the exit for Country Road 609, turning left towards Fieldale. Follow that for about three miles and turn right on Stones Dairy Road. Follow Stones Dairy for nearly seven miles. Turn left on Fairystone Park Highway. This highway will take you into the park.

Entering Fairy Stone State Park

Parking is available at the park office near the entrance. There is a $7 fee per vehicle.

Fairy Stone State Park Parking Fee : $7.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fairy Stone State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Fairy Stone State Park?

Late spring sees a lot of wildflowers in the area, and mid-fall brings a flush of autumn colors, so these are great times to visit. Camping is only available from the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Fairy Stone State Park?

Settled along the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park has all kinds of animals, including wild turkeys, black bears, and deer. Common catches in the lake are panfish, bluegill, and trout.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Fairy Stone State Park?

The park offers RV-compatible camping spots, but some are also suitable for tent camping. All motor vehicles have to stay in the paved areas.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Fairy Stone State Park and what is the cost?

You don’t have to reserve a spot in advance, but it is recommended. You can secure a campsite by phone or online through the park’s website. Fees are $35 per night for Virginia residents and $40 for non-residents.

Are pets allowed at Fairy Stone State Park?

Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet. In addition, they are not allowed in swimming areas, and owners properly dispose of their pet’s waste.