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Hungry Mother State Park

Marion, Virginia


2854 Park Blvd
Marion, Virginia 24354
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Sites: 94
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.88371
Longitude: -81.52649

Elevation: 2216' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

We camped at Burson which is about a mile from the swimming beach. We really liked it. Sites close but not too close. They have a restaurant at the lake which was good. We ate on the outdoor patio. Wifi wasn't too good but when we put up our wifi extender, it significantly improved. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Town of Marion is about 5 miles away with good restaurants.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Bring your bikes! This park is part of the Virginia Creeper Trail and the campground itself is excellent for biking for all ages. Beautiful large swimming, canoeing, kayaking lake with very large beach and restaurant and snack bar. It is a local favorite, but we didn't feel crowded. The lake also has a diving platform. Some sites are only partly shaded and can be short although most are lengthy wide enough. Other sites would have no problem handling the longest of RVs. Excellent daily planned programs and activities. Call ahead for entry into the park. It is very easy to enter the wrong way, but other than that, once you're checked in, the campground is awesome. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

New drive in theater with terrific putt putt course just up the road! We loved it and it is very modern and nice.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

VA state parks are great and this is one of the best. We love this park. Great hiking trails. We stayed at the Creekside Campground. The only negative is no wifi and the sites at Creekside are muddy. When it rains, it gets messy. But the creek is delightful and the camp host and rangers are very friendly. The roads in the park are a bit tight with an exciting hairpin to maneuver. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Do not take route 16 North. It is called Back of the Dragon and you just don't want to try it. Marion is nearby and there is an okay supermarket in town. The park restaurant is very good. I recommend the Fried Green Tomatoes and the Shrimp with Grits. Yummy. Hiking is excellent.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground... Stay at Creek Side area...plently of space We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drive the back of the dragon

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park and very nice campground. Stayed at Camp Burson, which is more accessible for bigger RVs. Nearby hiking trails include one around the lake and another (across rt.16) that climbs a ridge. Camp Burson is just downstream from the dam. Sites are level and most are quite spacious. There are about 10 pull-through sites. Campground staff and hosts are very welcoming and helpful.

Creekside campground is up in the main part of the park, but is definitely not big-rig friendly. The road to it is narrow and contains a hair-raising hairpin curve. The biggest downside to the park is not the park's fault. It is a problem with Virginia state parks. They charge a transaction fee on top of the normal nightly fee, even for walk-ins. They charge non-residents an extra $4.00/night. And they have something called "site-specific" sites, which cost an extra $3.00 per night if you pick one (the non-site-specific sites are first-come, first-serve). That adds up to $40 or more for one night of E/W hookup (you can add another $4 for sewer). We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Camp Burson
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The park offers a variety of organized activities on weekends, including nature walks, informational talks, canoe/kayak tours, etc. The trails are for walking and/or biking and are kept in really good shape. The lakeside trail from Camp Burson to the swimming beach in the main park is a little over a mile long, but mostly level (except for by the dam's spillway). Great place to come with kids.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

My RV is a class B so Creekside is great because I didn't have to move. Dump station at check in location. Walk-ins are allowed after 4 pm but ONLY for the non-site specific spaces. The sites are paved but not necessarily level. The two rows closest to the creek get the most shade. No vehicles over 35'. Laundry room. Ice and firewood available from host. Host and park employees very friendly.

Lots to do in the park, hiking (great trails), biking, swimming, paddle boat and kayaking. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Creekside 10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart and Ingles Supermarket near by.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Hungry Mother State Park is well maintained and has lots of activities. We stayed at Camp Burson, formerly a private campground located on Rt. 16 below the dam, about a mile before reaching the main park entrance. Camp Burson has both full hookups and water/electric sites. The gravel sites are large, level, and well-spaced. The rest room/shower facilities are new, clean, and well maintained. There is no cable TV service, and an OTA antenna brings in only one station playing reruns of old shows. WiFi service is sporadic in the campground. Two sites, #9 & #11, have been converted to yurts. The park personnel were very friendly and helpful. There are additional camping facilities within the park for trailers and tents. The park has a large lake with a busy swimming beach, and boat & kayak rentals. There is a nice restaurant and local musician performances on Friday nights. There are many scenic hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty. During the summer, the park rangers offer many daily programs. The only downside is the premium camping fee without usual premium amenities (cable, WiFi). VA residents receive a discount, putting the price in a more acceptable range. We had a very pleasant stay and will visit again. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Good ice cream shop at drive-in theater in Marion. Route 16 north of the park is "Back of the Dragon" for motorcycle riders. It is a scenic drive, but with many hills and sharp curves presents a significant challenge pulling a trailer or in a big rig. Best to approach the park on Rt. 16 from Marion.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in Camp Bureson. It is right outside of the park. A ranger check in station is right there. It has a nice camp store with ice, the usual state park items for sale and ice cream! I would avoid the campground inside the park if you have a camper. The roads within the park itself are a bit scary. Camp Bureson has full hook ups with 50 amp service. It has a very new bathhouse. It even has washers and dryers that are only $1.50 a load. I loved coming home with clean laundry! Camp hosts were great. Very child friendly, easy for the kiddos to bike circles around the site. There is a creek nearby that many children enjoyed. You are a short distance from the dam's waterfall. The only other negative was the state run restaurant near the beach. They were having a REALLY bad night and it was not because it was crowded. We finally elected to leave without eating. There is a Wal-mart nearby and plenty of drug stores. The surrounding towns are fun to explore, and the people we're ever so nice. One half of Camp Bureson has plenty of shade. The other half has young trees. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Cannot remember
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived late afternoon after finding Hungry Mother on internet. Just stayed for one night due to being enroute to destination. Would have enjoyed a longer stay. This is a beautiful park on a lake nestled among the mountains. Though we didn't go, there is a beach, and a restaurant. Tried to go to the restaurant for breakfast, but it was closed on Wednesday morning. I understand there is a nice Sunday brunch. There are two camping sections, the Hungry Mother original park and Camp Burson, which was added to the park. Not being familiar with the park, we chose the HM park area. The road into this campground was narrow, winding, and had drop offs. Fortunately, we didn't meet anyone on a curve in the RV. Next time, we will choose Camp Burson. Our site was a backin next to a beautiful stream. Enjoyed watching a family of ducks on the stream. Could not get satellite due to heavy shade from trees though there were two empty pull thrus that would have worked. Our AT&T cell service would not pick up a signal either. Would like to return sometime for a longer stay. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed the visit to this campground but fee too high. Spaces were adequate and staff was very friendly. Lots of different types of camping here, ranging from tents to motor homes. Out AT&T cell phones had no service but we were told Verizon usually worked. WiFi was very weak and not usable. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Take a 5.5 mile hike around the lake.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed this campground. Ample room in the pull-through site and not too close to our neighbor. All the hook-ups were convenient. The state park is very nice. We ended up with lots of rain during our stay so could not enjoy everything as we had hoped. We only stayed 2 nights. There were limited trees on our site, but lots in the park. The campground is near a creek and that made for fun. This was a quiet area and well maintained. The lantern hooks at the sites is a nice touch. Our 31 ft RV has slides on both sides. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Burson 27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Enjoy the State Park amenities.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 74

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

$36 per night was for a mostly level but narrow asphalt pad pull-though site (#24) with 50-amp electric, water, and sewer in the Camp Burson campground. The reservation web site doesn't show sites for 40'+ RVs but the sites in Camp Burson are long enough to accommodate most any length RV. There are large trees throughout the campground and some sites might be challenging to set up on-watch your slides, awning, and basement compartment clearances-but it's doable. All sites have a wooden picnic table and fire ring. Enter the campground at the campground office driveway, not the first driveway to the campground as that access is quite steep. It was pleasantly quiet during my stay, even over the weekend when families arrived. The campground office was unmanned when I arrived but the campground host came by shortly after my arrival to give me my permits as well as information about the park including maps of the trails. The campground host was friendly and helpful. There are many activities available, which you can find listed on their website as well as in the brochures they give you. The campground is about five miles outside Marion where most any amenity is available. AT&T and Verizon cell signals were low but usable. Staying in Camp Burson includes free Wi-Fi, which I did not use. I received six digital over-the-air TV stations and many radio stations. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24 Burson Camp
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Nice facility, restaurant on premises. Lots of hiking trails, swimming area, paddle boats. Dump station, no sewer at campsite. A little pricey but big park with lots of things to do. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Really good restaurant on premises, large gift shop and nature center.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Great state park. Clean, secure. Camp host makes sure you are happy and enjoying yourself and all is well. Great employee definitely knows meaning of customer service. We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Everything to eat in Marion, best pizza at Perfect Pizza in town on main street.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This place was awesome. There is plenty to do to have fun. We rented a paddle boat and kayaks. We went to a Nature Seminar that we all enjoyed. The beach is clean, there's a snack bar and bathrooms there too. Plenty of trails to hike and wonder around on. They have a restaurant in the Park, we heard good things about it but didn't eat there. There's a WalMart and Ingle's right on the way in if you need supplies. Our campground host was awesome! It was actually the first one I've actually met. Very helpful and available. The bath house has private showers and laundry available. We'll be back! We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Creekside B loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Just FYI, the road from the entrance by the lake going back to the campground is TIGHT and curvy, about a 1/4 mile. The kind where if you're on the way in pulling a trailer, fifth wheel etc. there won't be enough room for 2 vehicles to pass in opposite directions.

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