Fairy Stone State Park is home to the mysterious cross-shaped “fairy stones.” As legend has it, hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan’s reign, fairies were dancing around a forest spring when an elfin messenger brought news of the death of Christ. Hearing the crucifixion story, the fairies wept and their falling tears crystallized to form beautiful crosses. For many years people held these Fairy stone crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief that they protected the wearer from witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrew’s cross, an “X,” but “T” shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought after. At 4,868 acres, Fairy Stone State Park is the largest of Virginia’s original six state parks. Recreational facilities include lake swimming, non-gasoline powered boating, guided nature and history walks, picnicking and nine miles of trails with parts of the Little Mountain Falls system and all of the Stuart’s Knob system, reserved for pedestrian use only.