Hungry Mother State Parkis near Marion Virginia, just a short drive from I-81, about 2 hours South of Roanoke, and a perfect spot for the whole family, make it a family hike!
Molly's Knob Trail at Hungry Mother State Park
I have discovered early Fall to be a wonderful time to visit this beautiful state park as the nights are cooler and the days mostly sunny, which make an early morning or late afternoon family hike delightful!
I took my two teenage daughters toMolly's Knob trail which is a 1.9 miles difficult hike/bike trail that goes pretty much up and up. But I have learned if you want the amazing views you have got to climb up!
Along the trail we found Sept – October is a bonanza for mushroom spotting! If you really want to make some discoveries, I suggest you get a copy of this field guide and bring it along: "The Audubon Society field guide to North American mushrooms"by Gary Lincoff. Bring your camera and you can look them up later on at the cabin or campground. I never really knew how much I liked finding fungi, it must be the whole treasure hunting aspect that intrigues me!
Fall is perfect for mushroom hunting along Molly's Knob Trail (not eating them, of course)
How could I not notice this drama queen lying there in the brown leaf litter?
I found this mushroom commune in an old log
There are plenty of other less difficult hikes, like the VirginiaOutdoors.com.
The reason I call this a family hike is that as adults we tend to step over things and not notice the lovely little things right under our feet. Have you ever had a child bring you an "ordinary dandelion weed" which they found especially for you and think it is just the prettiest flower on earth? Yeah you get it now, seeing things through their eyes might be a refresher for all of us who don't take time to smell the roses, or even notice they are there! This is why you should bring your camera, bring your kids and bring your dog toHungry Mother State Park!
If you stay overnight and wish to go for a day trip, perhaps see the wild ponies you can visitMt. Rogers National Recreation Areafor some more incredible scenery and views and ample photo opportunities!
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES:Cabins, camping, and Hungry Mother Lodge (Reservation Center).For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you canClick here for park fees.
Click herefor details on reservation cancelation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for overnight stays.
CONTACT INFO:Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Blvd., Marion, Va. 24354-9323; phone, (276) 781-7400; email[email protected].