Hungry Mother State Park


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Campground Description

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 the six original CCC parks that opened in June 1936.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on April 13, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Camping, cabins, special events, picnicking, boating, nature programs, fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, ADA facilities

    Campground Amenities

    Bathhouse with hot showers, electric and water hookups, dump station, environmental education center, campstore, boat rentals, hiking trails, restaurant, seasonal swimming beach and snack bar, conference center

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    Camping Fees

    $20-$30 per night

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    Reviews of Hungry Mother State Park

    Reviewed by AboveTheRidge on May 21, 2019

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    Liked this park, clean camp facilities, would love to explore this one more during late summer, early fall. Also a GREAT place to stop if traveling on I-81. Very accessible from the interstate but far enough away to be camping and hiking and biking!
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    Reviewed by Sam C on September 28, 2014

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    My wife and I frequently camp with our small travel trailer. We stay exclusively at state and national parks. We recently camped at Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia and were very disappointed. There are 2 campgrounds at this park with RV hook-ups. One of these campgrounds is outside the State Park proper and may have formally been a private campground... in other words an RV parking lot. The other campground (campground B) is old, antiquated, and very small. The campsites are also very close together affording little, if any, privacy. The overall setting of this park is beautiful, but the campgrounds leaves much to be desired if you are looking for a natural camping experience.

    Virginia State Parks currently have a "1st come 1st served" policy regarding camp site allocations. In other words, you can make a reservation but the reservation is not site specific. You claim a site when you arrive... supposedly on a 1st come 1st served basis. When we arrived, we observed several sites which were "taken," but the sites were not occupied. Obviously the locals send someone over to claim the specific site early in the day (prior to check-in time) and the equipment arrives much later. This seems to circumvent the intent.

    We stayed only one night at this campground and left sooner than planned vowing never to return.
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