Hungry Mother State Park itself, make Hemlock Haven an ideal location for day and overnight conferences, banquets, family reunions, company picnics and more.
Additionally, recreational interpretive and adventure programs at Hungry Mother State Park are available to conference center guests. Seasonal activities include swimming, boating and fishing on Hungry Mother Lake. Picnicking, camping, hiking, nature study and a visitor center are popular at elevations ranging from 2,200 ft. to a peak of 3,270 ft. at Molly's Knob.
Hemlock Haven is ideal for family reunions, church retreats, business meetings, banquets, company picnics and other special gatherings. With a gazebo overlooking the park’s tranquil 108-acre lake, it’s especially well-suited for indoor-outdoor weddings.
The facility has six meeting rooms ranging from 700 to 3,300 square feet. A business center and a board room, equipped with computers, Internet access and audiovisual equipment, are also available. This diversity makes the facility perfect for groups from 10 to 1,000.
Hemlock Haven also offers guests a tennis court, basketball court, softball field, volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
The conference center is open year-round, except for Christmas Day.
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Location: Hemlock Haven Conference Center is within Hungry Mother State Park, which is in Smyth County. To get there, take Exit 47 from Interstate 81. Travel approximately one mile on Route 11 toward Marion. Turn right on Route 16 north and travel four miles to the park. Click here for a Google map.
Specific directions to Hemlock Haven (within the park): Use directions above to find Hungry Mother State Park. Once within Hungry Mother State Park, follow signs for Hemlock Haven Conference Center. Stay on the main road and follow the loop. The first six cabins are named: Chestnut, Hickory, White Oak, Scarlet Oak, Red Oak and Sycamore. Stay on this road to The Pines, which are near the fork in the road. The Pines are numbered 21-25.
Hungry Mother State Park features specialties and gourmet cooking and can accommodate all of your food service needs from outdoor picnics to formal banquets and weddings. Click here for more detail or call (276) 781-7425 for details.
Grayson Highlands State Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Barter Theater, Saltville Archaeological Digs, Crab Orchard Museum, Lincoln Theater.
Grayson Highlands State Park is one hour away, as well as Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area and Historic Saltville (archaeological digs each summer and site of restored Civil War salt factory). Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, Bastian, Va., offers a reconstructed Native American village, museum, museum store and picnic area; phone (276) 688-3438. Also in the area is the Museum of Middle Appalachians, Saltville, Va., and the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. Also in Marion you'll find the Historic General Francis Marion Hotel and Black Rooster Gallery. And be sure to check out the Virginia Heritage Music Trail.
The 35-acre center was purchased by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1986. In 1989, the Department of Conservation and Recreation opened Hemlock Haven Conference Center, making it the first in the state parks system.