Project Description: Volunteers will be working on improving the park’s amphitheater and surrounding area, used by numerous hikers and other guests as a way station for picnicking or quiet place to rest. Tasks will include root removal, grooming, laying mulch, brush and vegetation removal, installing benches and lighting, painting, and planting trees. An increase in the number of users to the park’s existing trails has made it crucial to provide sustainable trails and recreation areas to meet this increased demand.
Hosting Organization: Virginia State Parks
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 1 Mile Per Day
Work Level: Moderate
Minimum Age: 15
Area and Attractions: Long a family favorite known for beautiful woodlands and a placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the mountains, Hungry Mother State Park has a sandy beach, mountain vistas, and over 18 miles of trails traversing the park. The trails are typically natural surface trails approximately 4 feet wide. The park will offer volunteers either a bike ride on the Historical Virginia Creeper Trail or a day hike at Grayson Highlands State Park.
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in a fully-furnished historical bunkhouse that includes a full kitchen and two baths. Linens are provided. Volunteers should bring their personal gear.
Climate Information: Fall temperatures can range from the 80's down to as low as the 20's during the month of October. However, normally lows are in the 40-50's at night and 50-70's during the day.
Travel Information: Airport pickup will be provided from Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12