Destination: Hungry Mother State Park, Va

Hungry Mother State Park is located in southwestern Virginia near the town of Marion. The area was once a Civilian Conservation Corps park.

Camping is available inside the park. There are 31 sites that are electric/water that accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Eleven sites are tent only. Showers are available. There is another camping area named Camp Burson that is located just before the entrance to the park. It has 30 sites that are full-hook up (electric, water, sewer) and 22 that are electric/water only. Camping fees range from $20 to $30.

Inside the park is a 108 acre lake with a swimming beach. Guests can rent canoes, kayaks, or paddleboats. Other activities include fishing, hiking and bicycle trails. There is a nice playground, also. Nature and history programs are presented weekly June through Labor Day. There is a visitor center with a gift shop near the entrance to the park (this is where you check-in if camping in the park). The park also has a restaurant if you are tired of camp food.

We have visited Hungry Mother twice. One time we camped in the park and the other time we camped in what is now Camp Burson (it was a privately owned campground at that time). When camping in the park, we had what we considered the best site! It was right beside the creek and had a small beach area. We could take our camp chairs to the beach and sit and relax and watch our kids try to catch crayfish (which was an entire afternoon of entertainment for them and us!).

On one of our trips to Hungry Mother, we rode our bicycles on the Virginia Creeper Trail. This is one of the many Rails-to-Trails linear parks. We drove approximately 34 miles to Damascus, VA and rode a shuttle van (there are several shuttle companies) to Whitetop Station. From there, the Creeper Trail was 18 miles (basically downhill) back to Damascus (and our truck). I recommend doing this in the fall; the tree color was beautiful! You cross a creek several times on trestles. You can take your own sweet time and enjoy the view or speed on down the trail. This trail is for hikers, bicyclists, and horses. Be careful around the horses!