It’s been raining the last few days so we haven’t done much at all, just drive a little, wait a little, drive, and wait. Today was much less rain and we have now crossed the Tennessee border into Virginia.
Tonight we stay at Hungry Mother State Park. We have a nice long pull-thru spot with full hookups. There is a lake here with sandy beaches, canoe rentals, and all that, but it’s just too cold yet. The campground is nearly empty. We are getting into higher elevations and it is cold, due to freeze overnight. They had two inches of snow here last night, but it melted before we got here.
Hungry Mother State Park is one of the six original CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) parks that opened in 1936 and is in the National Register of Historical Places. We did not explore the park because we were too cold and it was getting late, but we did check out a nearby hiking trail.
The park gets it name from a legend about when Native Americans, after destroying several settlements, took Molly Marley and her small child. They escaped and wandered in the wilderness, eating berries. Molly collapsed and her child wandered down the creek. When help was found the only words the child could say was “Hungry Mother.”
- Gasoline Expense: $150 @ $3.22
- Lodging Expense: $32