This is a really nice campground. We stayed for three nights prior to the Fourth of July in Camp Burson which is just outside the main park. We had one of the RV sites with full hookups under the trees. Big, open, level site with full hookups. Our daughter and her family came and rented one of the cabins in the main park. Our step-daughter and our grandson stayed with us. Let me tell you, the kids had a blast. They spent most of their time in the lake, on the lake or under the lake. They swam, canoed and paddle-boated for three days. They hiked all around the park on the trails. Check out the restaurant. Excellent and good prices too. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
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Try the restaurant. Really good food, great service, very reasonable prices. The town of Marion is just three miles away. Everything you might need can be had there.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $34.00
We camped at Camp Burson, which is before the entrance to Hungry Mother State Park. The section with full hooks is old and narrow and very difficult to park a big rig in. The newer section only has water and electric. Park is very clean. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Camp Burson; a very nice park. The office has a small store with camping and fishing supplies and snacks. Our site (#22) was a paved pull-through, shaded, and fairly level. Most sites appear level and most with ample room between sites. Some of the back-in sites are too short for longer RVs. Good water pressure. Park Wi-Fi would not connect our first night, and was spotty for the remainder of our four day stay. Verizon service worked well for our hotspot; AT&T cellphone was weaker, but worked. No cable, but we picked up about 4 TV stations over the air; Fox was the only major network. We did not try satellite, but saw one rig with a dish out, so I believe it would work. Bathhouse is in good condition, was clean, and had two washers and two dryers at $1.50 each. Lots of families and children on the campground, but none were loud or unruly. Hungry Mother Park has excellent trails, swimming, boating and fishing--all either on site or a short drive away. We played golf at the local Holston Hills golf course-- nicely maintained, not crowded, and $34 per person with cart. We also visited a local distillery--very small one person operation. Downtown Marion has nice shopping and a few restaurants. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a beautiful park. We stayed in the Burson loop with full hook ups, 30 amp. Our site (15) and most others we saw were huge and had plenty of shade. There are two bathhouses in this loop and one is brand new. The laundry room had two each washer and dryers, both worked well. There is plenty to do here, nice hiking trails, beach area with lifeguards on the lake with concessions as well as a restaurant, kayak, paddle boat and paddle board rentals, diving platform, fishing and picnicking. We camped in a travel trailer and have reservations to come back again. This was the best state park we have ever stayed in. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at Camp Burson. The other campgrounds inside the park are okay for smaller units but the roads get narrow and there are some hard turns- probably okay for 30 foot or under. There is a lake for swimming with lifeguards on duty and a boat ramp with access to the lake. Also, boat rentals such as paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks. Have stayed here at least twice a year for the last ten years and enjoy it very much. There are miles and miles of hiking trails. Ideal for family get togethers. There are cabins to rent if some don't camp. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $30.00
This is a very nice park - only about 5 miles from I-81, and the route to the park goes by a WalMart and grocery store if you need supplies. We stayed at Camp Burson, the campground with full hookups, although we had to drive down the road to the main park to check in, probably because it was midweek. Camp Burson is connected to the trail system that goes around the lake, so it isn't that separate. Sites seemed pretty level and nicely shaded. We were in Class B, but there were large 5th wheels & trailers in the pull-through sites. Bathrooms were clean, as were the 4 individual shower rooms serving the campground. Firewood was available from the camp host for $5 a bundle. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Camp Burson. Beware of site 15. A cherry tree hangs over the site. The site, trailer and awning were covered with cherries and pits. When I hosed off the awning it looking like blood flowing off but it does come off and didn't stain. We have enjoyed staying at Camp Burson. The sites are large and the creek is fun for the kids to play in. I do have a problem with the $5/pet/night charge for pets but it's still cheaper than a private campground. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
The Burson campground is very nice, but the sites are close to the road. We were told to pick any of the non-reservable sites and chose #51 because it was a nice pull-through. The back-in sites near the stream seemed a little tight. The lakeside trail was good. There is a new bathhouse with very large showers and a laundry facility. We would stay here again. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $28.00
Campground loop B was a little worrisome getting to in a 32 foot RV because the roads are tight and have hairpin turns. I disconnected the tow car and had it driven ahead of our motorhome so I could be informed of any cars ahead. Once into the loop it was tight maneuvering again. We did get a site right next to a stream that made it all worth it. Unfortunately, a camper at the end of the loop had two dogs that they let roam the campground and no one cleaned up after them! Other than that it was very peaceful and I would camp there again. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.
This is one of the best state parks we have ever stayed in. There are several camping areas to choose from. The Burson area accommodates all size trailers easily. The lake and cabin areas really make this a destination park. I'm sure they get their fair share of family reunion groups as it seems ideal for that purpose. We will stay here again even though we don't take advantage of all there is to do. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $28.00
We've camped at Hungry Mother on several occasions. Great level sites and quiet even though it is on a fairly busy road. Wonderful trails to hike and plenty for kids/families to enjoy. Stayed 8 nights. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $28.00
Hungry Mother has 4 different campgrounds and this review reflects Camp Burson. The sight was gravel and level, a little on the short side but still plenty of room to pull the truck in sideways and be off the road. The sights were large and had grassy portions between the pads. After riding around the other campgrounds I do believe this is the only campground in the park that I would stay at. There are some large pull through sights in Burson and fairly shaded sights. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $32.00
Stayed in Camp Burson section where there are pull-throughs and full hookups. Site was nicely shaded but very unlevel, front to back. Water pressure was the lowest we have seen in 5 years of fulltiming. Free Wi-Fi was one of the best we have seen. Park was very quiet. No TV without a satellite dish. We paid an average of $32/night, including a $5/night dog fee that stopped after three nights. Strange, but that way they can be sure to sock it to the weekenders. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $31.00
We've camped here several times and have always enjoyed it. Nice hiking trails, good spacing between sites, and excellent new bathroom facilities with nice one-person shower rooms. Price shown includes the extra $5 charge for the first night you register, so longer stays would be less expensive, but we used this just as an overnight. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 3 nights since our original reservations a few miles away were cancelled due to a tornado destroying some sites there. We had seen this CG listed in the reviews as being good and once again went totally by the reviews alone. Okay the Pros: Near to a stream. Cool in the mountains. Nice staff. Clean sites. Beautiful area with many hiking trails. Cons: Staff driving through every day multiple times to get firewood which is right next to the CG. Dump station too small to fit your vehicle, since people park right in front of you. It is strange: wait till you see it. It's ridiculous NOISY and right NEXT to the road. NO privacy. On top of each other. Casual "nice" staff does nothing about people parking illegally in front of dump station. I asked them about it and he said to go down the road (a mile or two) to Burson. WHAT?! Then they did nothing. This park is another that I am confused by the good reviews. There are SO many better choices which we found while we were in the area, in case of the unexpected "tornado" again. Fact is that Hungry Mother was a waste of our time. By the way: we thought maybe this was the worst of the 3 CGs at this park. We were in CG "A". But when we checked B and C, we found they were even more lame. C was for tents up on platforms which you could not get a trailer in anyway. But B not only had NO PRIVACY, with sites on top of each other, you also had to go through the entire park to get to it. At least with CG A you could be just outside the main park entrance and not have to deal with the lines going in to the park which were substantial because of the VA 75 park anniversary and the swimming beach. My advice is GO ELSEWHERE. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.