Explore the most popular hiking trails near Marion with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
30 days ago

Fantastic hike. The initial ascent up Molly’ Knob Trail isn’t too bad, but is a good workout. However be forewarned that the final 4 tenths of a mile up the Vista Trail to Molly’s Knob is a strenuous trek to the top, but the view you’re rewarded with is worth it! Our boys (ages 10 & 5) were also able to navigate the nearly 4 mile round trip without problem! Would definitely recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Trails so often make you choose between gorgeous vegetation, density, and privacy or easy, crowded, monotony. Lake Trail - even on Labor Day - is that magical hike that is easy (with a few moderate climbs), sparsely populated, and has lovely scenery. The road and camp side is far less lovely, but the far side of the lake up in the mountain ridges is dense vegetation and great solitude.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome view from the top!Only saw one person on the way back down.No water sources bring plenty.

Beautiful view at the top

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty steep towards to summit... The View Is Well worth the hike...TAKE treking poles!!!!

hiking
3 months 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!

hiking
4 months ago

I started at the beach. The first 4.5 miles was great. After that, traffic picks up and you finish through a lot of busy and crowded places. All in all, a great hike.

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.

5 months ago

Loved it! Will be doing the trail again soon!

hiking
5 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.

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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
Friday, August 25, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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