Enjoying the outdoors at Hungry Mother State Park

If you need a little fresh, mountain air and a place to enjoy the great outdoors, Hungry Mother State Park is the spot!

There are two areas to choose from, one for smaller RV’s and tents that’s closer to hiking trails and another that’s farther away, but gives you more space to spread out and has full hook-up sites. We spent the first half of spring break in Camp Burson, the section with bigger sites, and really enjoyed it.

When we pulled up, we couldn’t believe how big some of the sites really were. It’s very hard to tell from the maps online. We were in spot 29 and I highly recommend it.

The kids had plenty of room to roam around and Millie even learned how to ride her bike on the loop around the sites. While it wasn’t as “in the woods” as the lower campground, you still felt very close to nature.

The bath house was one of the best we’ve ever used. They had individual rooms with showers and the bathrooms and stalls were very clean. We also took advantage of the laundry facilities, which was very convenient.

While Camp Burson isn’t in the middle of the action for hikers, there are some easy trails and the kids enjoyed going on adventures. There were some great spots for pictures.


The week started off cold, but it warmed up after a few days and we really enjoyed the beach closer to the lower campground. It was too cool for swimming, but the kids had a great time playing in the sand and feeding the ducks. In the summer there are lifeguards and a snack bar nearby.

There’s also a restaurant down the road, but it wasn’t open yet. As an extra bonus for the kids, there was an awesome playground next to the beach. We had to pull the kids off screaming and kicking each time we left.

We did stop by the Discovery Center and it the folks there were very informative. Millie enjoyed learning about the local animals and, of course, shopping in the store.

While we didn’t stay in the lower campground, we did drive through and it was a great setting. Much more of an “in the wilderness” feel and the tent sites had these great wooden platforms.

The spots were more confined and only a few of them had full hook-ups, but the atmosphere was totally worth it. We may try it next time if we’re feeling more adventurous.

We will definitely be back to Hungry Mother State Park!

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