Hungry Mother State Park is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marion, VA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Amazing place. I just did the Breaks so maybe that was too much awesome beauty at one time. If you think that you need to be in the North Cascades for incredible beauty, maybe Virginia deserves a second look.
This is a beautiful park and like all Virginia State Parks the staff are wonderfull.
Great hike, and incredible workout hiking to Mollys Knob.
It been hiking and mountain biking hear for about 15 years
I did the Molly Knob & vista trail which was a great work out. I was greeted at the summit being swarmed with thousands of termites ( I believe as were black ants that flew). I also did the CCC and the lake loop. It was so pretty. I relaxed by the shelter for an hour listening to the breeze in the tree leaves and watching the fish jump in the lake. There was so many great views. I went for a swim
And then had to make myself leave. It's is a magnificent palace for hiking, biking, and lots to do for the entire family from fishing, swimming and paddle boating. I can't wait to take others back with me. I'm so glad I spent the day there instead of rushing to the devil bath tub after summiting The knob. The rangers are very nice and informative as well as well as you can print the map outside forms machine is the office is closed.
Great trail. Beautiful. Hiked with my husband, moderate trail.
We hiked Clyburn Ridge Trail yesterday- beautiful views at top of ridge; moderately challenging due to climbing and descending repeatedly but slope is fairly gentle. Trail is well marked and there are benches in a couple of places if you need a little break. Very nice hike.
Great place for a hill workout! Have a delicious lunch at the restaurant then Relax on the beach after your run. Don't forget to try the paddle boarding to complete your day of fun!
Great for camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing
The thing about this park that I love... Is the fact that there is soo much to see!! It has many things for a person or family to do in the summer or even on a weekend any time of year!
Just a notion the first reviewer's comments about the trails not being flat. The Molly's Knob (or the Knob trail as some of us locals call it) is not for the faint of heart, or at least not if you're not in good shape. The beginning of the trail is easy enough, but as you near the top, it gets a lot harder and steeper. All the other trails in the park, Especially the Lake Loop, are great for beginner to moderate day hikers. Nothing long enough for a backpacker, but a wonderful park overall! :)
The Hungry Mother State Park, located just outside of Marion, Va., has several trails with in the park boundary. This means that you must pay to get to them. That is, of course, unless you park just outside of the gate. This parking area is unpaved and is usually full during the summer time. They can be seen as you are approaching the lake from the Marion side of Highway 16. There are three pullouts along the side of the road that are free parking areas. Basically, if it's paved, you must pay.
These free areas are located right along the main trail, The Lake Loop, a 5.7 mile trail that, as you guessed, loops the whole lake. Other trails come off of the Lake Loop. These trails include Molly's Vista Trail (0.4 miles), Molly's Knob Trail (1.9 miles), The CCC (1.9 miles), and the Ridge Trail (0.2 miles). The area also has a few trails that are not attached to the Loop Trail, these are called Raiders Run Trail (0.9 miles), Old Shawnee Trail (1.0 mile), and the Stone Lick Trail (0.8 miles).
I have biked most of these trails. There is no trail in the whole park that is flat. They may have flat spots but that is it. Remember, you are in the mountains.
As for the Review, this one is for The Lake Loop Trail. This is the most popular trail so it is going to be the busiest. This trail is usually groomed and is relatively wide in all areas. At least wide enough for bikers to comfortable pass others using the trail. Keep in mind that there are many blind corners and grades so keep speed to a safe speed when you can't see around the next corner.
The trail is moderately demanding in some areas. Most of the trail has descent grades and can be finished in about 45 minutes. There are a few bridges that get really slick when wet or frosty! Trust me, they will take your bike away if you do not line up correctly and usually end up throwing you into the creek (which is fine if it is August). The trail is open year round but if there is snow or it is cold, the down hill parts will most definitely make your ears freeze. In the summer, I like to ride the trail because most of it is covered and this helps keep you pretty cool. But if that doesn't work, just go take a swim afterward.
I hope you enjoy the trail as much as I do! I hope to see you out there soon.
(The trail details are just from the last ride I did before the snow fell and finals got in the way. I will be out again and again every season)
Hungry mom does have a few trails for hikeing and mountain bikeing, its decent and it has really good veiws of the lake. Its good for a workout, the trail is called lake loop trail, its 5.7 miles and if your a hiker or a biker and your ever in marion va check it out.I like it.