Hungry Mother State Park, Marion

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Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia is noted for its woodlands and lake. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, this park has folklore and history, swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals, hiking and the park system's first conference center, Hemlock Haven.

Much of the land for Hungry Mother State Park was donated by local landowners to develop a new state park in Smyth County on Hungry Mother Creek. The park is one of the six original CCC parks that opened in June 1936. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

This is in an area of rare beauty. The Back of the Dragon section of Virginia State Highway 16 begins at the park and goes downhill to Tazewell, Virginia. There are several hundred sharp turns and scenic views along this 32 mile length, and is a favorite of sports car, bicycle and motorcycle enthusiasts.
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  • This was our first visit to Hungry Mother and we were extremely pleased! We had Cabin #2 which is a one bedroom with the lake not 30 feet from our cabin! The ducks paid us a visit several times a...  more »
  • We stayed at Camp Burson campground and had an absolute blast hiking and biking the trails in this park. The view from atop Molly‚Äôs knob is worth the hike. The long trail around the lake is a good...  more »
  • If you are looking for a park with beautiful scenery, this is the park for you! There are 3 separate camps, a beachfront/waterfront, a zip line and one of the coolest parts is the Park Office and Discovery Center! Took 6 teenage Scouts and they had a blast in the Discovery center. Decent costs for campsites, water and electricity. Stayed in Campsite C, it is a little cramped for space but it's nice if you get on the creek side of the campsite. Campsite C Bathroom Facilities are top notch. Park Staff are very informative, helpful, and most importantly kind. The park is situated near enough to town to make runs if needed, but far enough that you wouldn't even know there was a town nearby. You will love to stay at Hungry Mother, it is steeped in natural beauty and legend.
  • This place was an amazing park! Friendly and reasonable prices for parking and swimming. Kids loved it! Plus when it started to thunder they had a park for the kids to enjoy until the weather cleared up. Very satisfied with this place. FYI the road to get there was narrow so be careful around those bends. Be safe and have fun!

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