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  • Hungry Mother State Park, VA


    Hungry Mother SP is located about 4 miles north of Marion VA, not far from I-81. It's a large park with lots of day-use activities as well as 4 campgrounds. One is tent-only, two RV loops are in the main park area and a recent addition, Camp Burson, is located just below the dam of Hungry Mother Lake. Warning: beware of extra fees, such as pet fee and walk-up registration fee.


    This was our second overnight stop at Camp Burson on our way home in 2010. Plenty of sites to choose from - here we are on site 37. The small trees have grown a bit since last year.

    Date of visit: Apr 2010

    We had stopped at Hungry Mother SP a few years ago and stayed in Campground B. As we approached the park in April of 2009, we passed what looked like a new campground and noticed a sign in front: Camp Burson, Hungry Mother State Park. We liked the looks of it, for it was quite sunny on this chilly spring day. We checked in at the office and came back to select site 40 for the nite. There is a total of 52 sites at Camp Burson.

    Sites 37 -52 at Camp Burson are all new sites, nicely graveled, level and with tables and fire-rings. A lot of new trees have been planted; in a few years they will provide some great shade.

    Sites 43-52. Sites 43, 45, 47, 49 and 51 are pull-through, while the others are back-in sites.

    Camp Burson was a private campground that the state took over in 2006. Sites 1-36 are part of that older campground, but they have been totally refurbished. These are sites 22, 24, 25, 27, 28 on the left, and 32-36 on the right.

    There are also some pull-throughs, sites 22, 24, 25, 27, and 28, on the right, in the older part of the CG. Sites 21, 23, 26 and 29-31 are on the left.

    Sites 15-20. There are 29 sites at Burson that also have sewer hookups.

    Sites 1-14.

    The dam and spillway that creates Hungry Mother Lake.

    Last year (2009) the bathhouse facilities were in one end of the former CG office. Bathrooms are nothing fancy, but were clean with free hot showers.

    A brand new bathhouse at Camp Burson opened just two weeks before our 2010 visit. Showers with hot water are in separate small rooms at one end of the building. There is also a laundry room with two washers and two dryers (not yet connected at the time of our visit).

    Over in the main part of the park, Campground A is along the road just past the office. There are 11 RV sites here, along with a small bathhouse.

    Campground B is a nice little campground, offering a mix of 20 sunny or shady sites. Campgrounds A and B both offer water and electric hookups. Here are sites 1-6.

    Sites 7-9.

    At the back of Campground B sites 10-12, 14, 16 and 19 border a small stream.

    The new bathhouse in Campground B. Firewood is for sale on the honor system.


    Dump station available

    Rates: $25-28 + 1-time $5 Transaction Fee + $5 pet fee

    Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

    Free wi-fi at Camp Burson

    Coord: 36.88286 N, 81.52596 W

    Activities/Nearby Attractions


    Park Restaurant

    Hungry Mother Arts & Crafts Festival (late July)

    Saltville Museum

    Aspenville Historic Cemetery

    Lincoln Theater - Marion

    Barter Theater - Abingdon

    Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center