The CCC's created a 108 acre lake by building a dam on Hungry Mother Creek. Hungry Mother offers a beach with bathhouse, boats, fishing pier, campgrounds, cabins, gift shop, visitor center, a six-bedroom family lodge that sleeps 15, hiking and biking trails, and restaurant.
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Legend has it that when the Native Americans destroyed several settlements on the New River south of the park, Molly Marley and her small child were among the survivors taken to the raiders’ base north of the park. They eventually escaped, wandering through the wilderness eating berries. Molly finally collapsed, and her child wandered down a creek until the child found help. The only words the child could utter were "Hungry Mother." The search party arrived at the foot of the mountain where Molly collapsed to find the child's mother dead. Today that mountain is Molly’s Knob, and the stream is Hungry Mother Creek.
female Mallard and her ducklings
Hungry Mother Lake - South End
Kayaker on Hungry Mother Lake
Lake View from Lake Trail Loop
Canoeing on Hungry Mother Lake
Lake Side Picnic Table
Hungry Mother Beach
Wild Rose along Lake Trail Loop
The Beach Scene
Hungry Mother Beach from North End
Hemlock Haven is now part of Hungry Mother State Park. Hemlock Haven previously was a retreat center for Episcopal Diocese of Virginia from 1957 until 1989 when the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation purchased the property. The facilities are now operated as the Hemlock Haven Conference Center.
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