Hungry Bay Nature Reserve
Hungry Bay, Bermuda
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Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia is noted for its woodlands and lake. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, this park has folklore and history, swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals, hiking and the park system’s first conference center, Hemlock Haven.
Much of the land for Hungry Mother State Park was donated by local landowners to develop a new state park in Smyth County on Hungry Mother Creek. The park is one of the six original CCC parks that opened in June 1936. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. A legend states 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. Upon finding help, the only words the child could utter were "Hungry Mother." When the search party arrived at the foot of the mountain where Molly had collapsed, they found the child's mother dead. Today, that mountain is Molly’s Knob (3,270 feet), and the stream is Hungry Mother Creek.
hobbitual commented on the Site
about 2 years ago
"I grew up overlooking Hungry Bay. Now absent from my Bermuda homeland, I am glad to see this wonderful resource is, ostensibly at least, protected. Unfortunately, even during the first 20 years of my life, one could almost watch as the mangrove swamp "retreated" inland - a victim, at least partially, of motor boat traffic in the adjoining bay. I am forced to wonder if this 'protected' area has any real defense against prop wash from powerboats in the bay?"
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