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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 systems 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 six original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) parks in Virginia that opened in June 1936. The Legend of Hungry Mother Legend has it that when the Native Americans destroyed several settlements on the New River south of the park, Molly Marley and her small child were among the survivors taken to the raiders base north of the park. They eventually escaped, wandering through the wilderness eating berries. Molly finally collapsed, and her child wandered down a creek until the child found help. The only words the child could utter were "Hungry Mother." The search party arrived at the foot of the mountain where Molly collapsed to find the child's mother dead. Today that mountain is Mollys Knob, and the stream is Hungry Mother Creek. Hemlock Haven Conference Center: (276) 781-7425 - Reserved by Hemlock Haven. This in-holding of Hungry Mother State Park, long serving as an Episcopal Church camp, was purchased by the state in 1986. After considerable refurbishing, the facility opened in 1989. Facilities include meeting rooms, cabins, a sports complex and picnic area. Packages and fees vary. Call the conference center at (276) 781-7425 for more information and reservations. Cabins are reserved through the State Parks Reservation Center, 1-800-933-PARK. Catering is available through the Hungry Mother Restaurant.

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1 day ago

trail running
10 days ago

The trail going up to mollys knob is demanding in some areas but is absolutely worth it once you reach the top!!! Breath taking view!!!

hiking
26 days ago

easy little loop trail with lots of ups and downs. This used to be the old horse trail for Hungry mother State Park so it's not very long.

awesome little Trail that's fairly new less than 15 years. awesome Trail for mountain biking as well as hiking. Whoever cut this Trail must have been a mountain biker.

on Molly's Knob Trail

2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a beautiful park and like all Virginia State Parks the staff are wonderfull.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, and incredible workout hiking to Mollys Knob.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Awesome park!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Great trail, actually 5.8 miles for the full loop. Several other good trails in park too, including summit of Molly's Knob with excellent view. Great place to stay, lots of history in park and the Rangers are awesome.