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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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2 months ago

First time I completed the Lake Trail Loop was back in 2013 and I logged 7.0 miles using a GPS. Two other times I logged 6.5... Trail is nice. Hiking around the beach, beach parking lot, and road to get back on the trail can be tricky the first time.

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3 months ago

Amazing trail! Moderate traffic and for experienced hikers. If you are in this beautiful part of the Appalachian Mountains definitely worth checking out. I have a 6 year old dog in good shape and I have taken her a couple of times..she does great but it is a steep hike and we take it slow.

Moderately strenuous climb to the vista, but well worth the effort. Numerous benches along the trail to catch your breath. Great long range views.

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4 months ago

Moderate hike with great views.

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4 months ago

Beautiful views. Pretty steep at times. If you go in the summer, take plenty of water and pace yourself. Picturesque in the fall. Lots of wildlife: box turtle, fence lizard, black snake, squirrels and deer.

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4 months ago

Easy trail. Great day hike. Beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife. Bring your camera!

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5 months ago

Molly's knob is a great hike @ Hungry Mother. The incline is pretty steep sometimes, but the trail is extremely well maintained. There are benches on the trail every so often, with two at the top as well. Incredible views at the peak! Well worth the hike!

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5 months ago

Fun trail with great views. It was pretty busy the day we hiked it. We will definitely do it again.

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5 months ago

Loved this trail!!! Absolutely stunning views from Molly's Knob. Seven members of our family had a great time hiking it today. We range in age from 70 to 7 and we all made it with lots of laughter and fun.

Views are worth the hike. I would rate this strenuous just because it's uphill almost all the way to the top then you have to be really careful coming back down because it's steep.

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6 months ago

Great hike on well mainrained trails. The last 0.4 miles to the summit is a little strenuous but the view is worth the climb.

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6 months ago

Awesome hike with a great view at the top! 4 miles round trip from the parking lot.

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6 months ago

Great hike with wonderful views. We clocked in at exactly 7 miles from/to our campsite in Burson

Great trail, lots of elevation change. For running this is a challenging trail because of the elevation and couple good long climbs. Very good trail tho.

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8 months 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!!!

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.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great hike, and incredible workout hiking to Mollys Knob.

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