Fairy Stone State Park began its life in the 1930s as a project handled by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The 4,741-acre plot of land was donated by a Roanoke newspaper publisher named Junius B. Fishburn, making it the largest state park in Virginia to this day. Initially building a restaurant, bathhouse, and many other buildings around the park.
The Civilian Conservation Corps also left behind many log cabins that have stayed standing to this day. For the swimmers out there, free beach swimming is available to all guests. These areas are roped off and watched over by lifeguards throughout regular business hours. These swimming areas are entirely weather dependent, so if there's a thunderstorm rolling in don't be surprised to see the area closing down for the day.
If you would like to bring your dog, make sure they are on a leash no longer than eight feet. Canines are prohibited from entering the water at any of the public swimming areas. Fairy Stone Lake also hosts tons of boating throughout the warm summer months, with any watercraft welcome to drop anchor. Boat rentals are also offered here, with discounts offered to cabin guests and campsites renters.
Just like swimming, the boat rental areas will shut down for the day if the weather conditions are not favorable. Guests can bring their pets along for some fun on the water but they must be leashed up whenever they are on the dock or boat slips. If you would enjoy getting some fishing in, there are an assortment of breeds to catch including panfish, bluegill, and crappie.
During the fall, the waters are stocked with trout as well for the more hardcore enthusiasts. You can come prepared to fish provided you've obtained the proper licenses, which can be purchased in the park's central offices. Canines can hang out with you on the shore as long as they don't cause a distraction to other guests, and stay attached to their leashes at all times.