Buck’s Pocket State Park is a top choice among Alabama’‘s State Park system. With a wide range of activities and amenities for everyone from the day-tripper and RV camper, to the most dedicated backpack hiker, Buck’s Pocket State Park should be on your must-see list. This article tells you why.
A top choice among Alabama’s State Parks, Buck’s Pocket State Park offers a wide range of outdoor camping experiences. From full hook-up RV sites to primitive horseback camping, from day-trip excursions to group event facilities, you can find it all at Buck’s Pocket State Park. Hiking, fishing, camping, and boating are just a few of the activities available for visitors at Buck’s Pocket.
Located just two miles north of Grove Oak, in beautiful northeast Alabama, and covering parts of three counties, (Dekalb, Jackson, and Marshall), Buck’s Pocket State Park lies in a natural gorge pocket in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Situated on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville, this state park also includes Morgan’s Cove, a part of Lake Guntersville, which has fishing and boat launching facilities. Morgan’s Cove is also known for its Belted Kingfishers, and Eagle watching, while Lake Guntersville is a haven for big Bass fishing.
At over 2000 acres, Buck’s Pocket State Park is a natural canyon gorge that was cut into the Sand Mountains by the South Saulty Creek. Featuring bluffs with 1000 foot high panoramic views, and dense forests, the park has over 20 miles of hiking and horseback trails. Including many that are highly recommended for Fall foliage color hikes. The park also includes various habitats for bird and wildlife watchers. South Saultry Creek is part of the migratory pattern of the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, while the cliffs above the creek — down to Lake Guntersville, are frequent nesting areas for Bald eagles. Bird watchers have even spotted the Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and singing Red-eyed Vireo in the wooded areas of the park.
The history of the park is just as colorful as the wildlife. The area was once home to Cherokee Indians, before they were forced on the famous Trail of Tears march, and was also used by the French to grow olives and coffee. Local folklore even has it that Buck’s Pocket was a traditional retreat for defeated local politicians seeking refuge from angry voters.
Outdoor activities at Buck’s Pocket State Park include: camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, picnicking, and fishing. For day-excursions and group events, there is a common picnic area with tables and grills, shelters, a comfort station, playground, and a pavilion.
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