Nestled deep in the heart of the surrounding mountain landscape, Hungry Mother State Park is known for its beautiful 108-acre lake, free beaches, and myriad fishing opportunities. The name Hungry Mother comes from a local legend where the Native American tribes in the area raided several settlements on the river's edge.
A mother and daughter were reportedly two of the only individuals to escape. As they wandered through the wilderness, they slowly began to starve until the mother collapsed from exhaustion. The small daughter followed the creek until she eventually found help.
When the men found her, the only words she could utter were "hungry mother." There are 17 miles of hiking trails that present an array of challenging terrain to experience here. These trails are open year round and offer several different experiences depending on what you're looking for.
Specific to Hungry Mother State Park is the Kids in Parks Track Trail, a 0.6-mile paved path that was built specifically to experience the flora and fauna that populate the park. These programs can be attended by folks of any age, so make sure to check out the Virginia State Park's website to get more info. Dogs are welcome on all paths but are unfortunately forbidden from accompanying guests on tours.
If you're looking to get out on your boat, Hungry Mother Lake has a robust sports fishing community with visitors searching for smallmouth, spotted, and hybrid striped bass as well as crappie, flathead catfish, and sunfish. These species are stocked every season, so most would-be anglers will have a bit of luck if they stay long enough.
A current Virginia state fishing license is required before bringing your rod and reel along. Feel free to bring your canine along, as long as they're on a leash no longer than six feet. During the fall and winter months, hunting is available for deer and small game on a cordoned off 800-acre area. For more information on the sport, make sure to contact the Virginia State Parks' website.