Molly's Knob Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Molly's Knob Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marion, Virginia 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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

hiking
21 days ago

I actually hiked this trail because of the difficulty rating... i knew nothing of what was supposed to be at the summit... when i turned off on the vista trail about half way up a family was on the way down... when i passed them all they said was “keep going its worth it”... they could not of been more correct... one word for the summit...”WOW” ... i would recommend trekking poles... i was the only one on this trail using them and everyone i passed said i wish i would of thought of that!

Only complaint is trailhead is slightly hard to find due to lack of signs. I started at the lake beach and without this app i would not of found the trailhead hiking the lake loop toward the inside park campground... If you hike in from any other direction from the outside campground or boat ramp the signs are much better!

There are zero water sources if you do not bring enough unless you hike the lake loop to ccc near boat ramp. Trail is very well maintained mostly single track with very steep hillsides! Would not recommend summiting with small children because most of the trail is inclined but i have friends who have done it! For the hike down go slow or you will pound your knees!

1 month ago

Really fun trail because you get rewarded with amazing views at the top and the lake at the bottom to cool off and relax after.

hiking
2 months ago

I parked at the spillway and took the Lake trail to the CCC trail and then on up to the Molleys Knob trail to the summit. Coming down I stayed on the Molleys knob trail to the Lake trail. I then took the Lake trail back to the parking area for a total hike of 7.5 miles. It was a little more difficult than I expected for a moderate rating but well worth the effort for the views at the top.

3 months ago

Outstanding views at the top! Pretty steep hike, but well worth it for the view!

hiking
8 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
10 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!

hiking
10 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.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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
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.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great hike, and incredible workout hiking to Mollys Knob.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Awesome park!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Love
It been hiking and mountain biking hear for about 15 years

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, August 28, 2015

Great trail. Beautiful. Hiked with my husband, moderate trail.

hiking
Friday, August 21, 2015

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.

trail running
Thursday, July 02, 2015

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!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Great for camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing

hiking
Thursday, May 19, 2011

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!

hiking
Thursday, May 19, 2011

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! :)

mountain biking
Saturday, December 11, 2010

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)

mountain biking
Friday, July 30, 2010

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.

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