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Hungry Mother State Park

September 22, 2019 - September 28, 2019

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We will be hand building a section of new trail which will eventually wind its way over and meet up with Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail. The trail will be laid out on an old road bed and then will meander through a steeply forested area along ridges and sideslopes. All work will be done by hand, no mechanized labor will be used. Depending on length of trail laid, there will be a possibility of crew assisting with laying out and designing additional trail. All trail laid will include removing duff layer, angling trail correctly along with side slope installed correctly, installing knicks, rolling grade dips, and grade reversals, armoring of creeks, and installing other sustainable trail features.


Virginia State Parks




Day hiking up to 3 miles each day

Project Rating


Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Hungry Mother State Park is located in Smyth County, Virginia, 5 miles north of Marion and 45 miles northeast of Bristol, Virginia. The park lies in the valley and ridge physio-graphic province and comprises approximately 2,900 acres. Hungry Mother State Park exhibits a high degree of topographical relief with much of the park land existing as upland ridges and side slopes. Slopes are steep to moderate ranging from 2% to over 80%. There are over 18 miles of trails traversing the park. The trails are typically natural surface trails approximately 4 feet wide. There are 8 different trails, with segments ranging in length from less than ½ mile to over 5 miles, and at elevation ranges of 2,200 to 3,300 feet. There are many outdoor recreation opportunities in the area within an hour's drive; Mt. Rogers, the Pinnacles, the Cascades, Grayson Highlands State Park, the Virginia Creeper Trail, and the Channels are a few of the more interesting areas to be found. Volunteers will have a couple of exciting opportunities for exploration on the free day; either a 19 mile bike ride on the Historical Virginia Creeper Trail from Whitetop Mountain to Damascus, VA or a day hike at Grayson Highlands State Park to take in the spectacular mountain views, hike up Twin Pinnacles and possibly see the wild ponies.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in a fully-furnished historical bunkhouse that includes a furnished kitchen and two bathrooms. The kitchen is furnished with the basic cooking items. The number of twin beds varies in each room, ranging from three to four beds per room. Linens will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own personal gear.


Airport pickup provided from Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Hungry Mother State Park
2854 Park Boulevard, Marion, Virginia 24354 United States

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