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Hungry Mother State Park

(276) 781-7400

2854 Park Blvd.
Marion, VA 24354


Latitude: 36.882561

Longitude: -81.533867

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Hungry Mother State Park is located in Smyth County near the town of Marion, Virginia and is accessible just off of route 16 near interstate 81. It offers over 2,000 acres of wooded mountainous terrain which includes a large lake for fishing and boating, several miles of trails for hiking and biking, a conference center, camping, picnicking, a lakeside beach for swimming, and a discovery center to learn about the area.

Legend has it that when Indians 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. Molly and her child eventually escaped, wandering through the wilderness eating berries. Molly finally collapsed and her child wandered down a creek until she found help the only words the child could utter were "Hungry Mother". When the search party arrived at the foot of the mountain where she had collapsed, they found Molly dead. Today, the mountain is Molly's Knob and the stream Hungry Mother Creek. When the park was developed in the 1930's the creek was dammed to form Hungry Mother Lake.


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