I'd heard about the Fairy Forest from a couple of sources. I decided we definitely needed to make a trip out to experience it for ourselves. It took over an hour to drive there, but it was worth the trip. Magical!
Everywhere we looked there were creative fairy homes.
To get to Fairy Forest, head up to Kamas. Take the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (Hwy 150). You’ll have to pay the $7-8 entrance fee (cash only), but the National Forests had their budgets cut again, so you’ll be happy to pay. Drive to mile marker 17 just past Shady Dell campground. There is a pullout right at the mile marker. Park and follow the trail that goes to the right (as you face the forest). You’ll cut through the campground, and find yourself in a dry creek bed with huge river rocks. Be careful– some of them roll. After you cross the river, bear right. Trails head off in front of you, and that’s where we got lost and ended up all the way down by the river, but Fairy Forest is within 30 yards of this creek, so don’t go too far. If you go right (and down) about 30 feet after crossing the dry creek bed, you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the forest.