Hungry Mother State Park

Marion, Virginia

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Hungry Mother State Park is one of the original six parks that formed the nucleus of Virginia’s state system in 1936. The legend behind this park’s name is as colorful as the foliage that wraps around this setting in the fall. Back when relations between settlers and American Indians were at an ebb, it is said that a party of Indian warriors destroyed several settlements south of what is now the park on the New River. Molly Marley and her child escaped the attacks but were taken captive. They eventually escaped, subsisting on wild berries as they made their way through the wilderness. Molly finally collapsed, while her child continued by following a creek. When the child found help, its only words were “hungry, mother.” The search party followed the creek and found Molly dead at the base of a mountain. The mountain became Molly’s Knob, and the creek was named Hungry Mother Creek. The creek was dammed in 1930 to form Hungry Mother Lake.
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by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hungry Mother State Park is one of the original six parks that formed the nucleus of Virginia’s state system in 1936. The legend behind this park’s name is as colorful as the foliage that wraps around this setting in the fall. Back when relations between settlers and American Indians were at an ebb, it is said that a party of Indian warriors destroyed several settlements south of what is now the park on the New River. Molly Marley and her child escaped the attacks but were taken captive.

They eventually escaped, subsisting on wild berries as they made their way through the wilderness. Molly finally collapsed, while her child continued by following a creek. When the child found help, its only words were “hungry, mother.” The search party followed the creek and found Molly dead at the base of a mountain. The mountain became Molly’s Knob, and the creek was named Hungry Mother Creek. The creek was dammed in 1930 to form Hungry Mother Lake.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Marion
Season: First weekend in March–December 1
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Hungry Mother State Park

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