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Fairystone Park Opens

By Susan M. Thigpen © 1983-2012

Issue: May, 1983

This week I talked to Roy Ferguson, head ranger at Fairystone State Park. He said that the park has been open for camping since the first of April, but this year, a new section containing 52 new campsites will be open, hopefully by the first of May. It has been designed with RV’s in mind and many spaces have pull through. The rates for camping are $5.50 per night plus $1.50 extra for electricity.

Their cabins will be open May 2nd, but are booked up till August. If you wish you may be put on a cancellation list for openings. One bedroom cabins rent for $50.00 and two bedroom cabins are $108.00 per week. Both the campground and cabins take reservations.

This year the Park offers horseback riding with the fees starting at $2.50 for pony rides and longer trail rides being from $3.50 to $5.50. Memorial Day weekend they plan to offer an overnight ride that will cost $7.00. Mr. Ferguson said that these prices are subject to change in the future.

The park entrance fee is $1.00 for parking. A seasonal ticket will be available this year for $30.00 for entrance fees. The swimming fees are $1.50 for adults and $1.25 for children.

If anyone would like more information, Roy said to call 703-930-2424. At present there will only be someone at the station between 8-9 a.m. and 3:30-4:15, weekdays. The second weekend in May, there will be someone on duty Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend they will start being there from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 for the rest of the season.

Roy Ferguson said, “We want to welcome everybody to come and visit with us this summer.” If you have never been there you have missed a wonderful time.