Explore the most popular trails in Buck's Pocket State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

As legend goes, Buck's Pocket is where all the defeated public officials go to lick their wounds after an unsuccessful election. This 2,000-acre park in northeast Alabama is secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountains chain. The park's picnic area offers a canyon rim natural vista into the pocket below. The pocket itself, on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville, hosts an improved campground, complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, playground and hiking trails. The Park is located two miles north of Grove Oak in northeast Alabama. FREE Wireless Internet Access at Park office and at five campsites

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29 days ago

About 3/4 of a mile in the Trail seems to come to an end. But if you look hard enough there are blue and orange markers on trees that help “guide” you. You do have to cross a creek. When we went the creek was high so it made it a little difficult to cross but we were able to. Falls were okay. This is more for those who like to hike and aren’t looking for amazing falls at the end. A fun hike though.

Thanks to the hiker that said to look for the 2 trees after crossing the bridge for the trailhead! Really enjoyed the hike and the view from the top. Keep an eye out for blue/ orange ribbons to keep you on the trail. I understand this park is no longer kept up by the state. Thank you to whoever is maintaing the trail markers.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is very entertaining, very beautiful with some dramatic views from the base of the Point Rock cliffs, as well as from the top. Please note that the trail crosses at the base of the first waterfall and crosses the creek. also later on. The second crossing can be tricky to find. But I made some effort to make it more visible with some bright green trim line. Trailhead is located to the right of the concrete overflow bridge as you are headed towards the campground. There is parking at the entrance to the campground. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This place is phenomenally beautiful. Unfortunately due to budget cuts ( I suppose) there is limited information within the park itself. It’s hard to know where all the trailheads are. However, on my first visit I hiked on a roadbed that evidently is referred to as the primitive campground trail. The views are indescribably beautiful. Beautiful Sauty Creek is like a Smoky Mt. river in the winter. And the bluffs high above with overhanging / outcroppings are mind boggling. I would however recommend that most people travel in groups. It is very remote with no cell service. Well worth the trip though!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view

None maintained trail very thick. Hard to navigate. Would be a better hike in winter.

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2018

Was a great trail only 15 minutes from home. Will be going back again.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The trailhead is pretty hard to find. Look for 2 trees with orange stripes right after you come across the bridge. It was a very nice hike once we found it. Love the water and the view from the top.

on Buck's Pocket

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Trail from just before the gate at bucks pocket campground to the top overlook has been marked with orange paint on trees. The trail on opposite side of South Sauty Creek leading upstream from the closed low water bridge is a little grown up and bushy but still good. The 4x4 trail leading next to the dry Sauty downstream from the low water bridge was also a great hike, sad to see all the trash at the campsites next to the lake though. Armadillos were everywhere

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful views with eagles soaring in the sky. Not the most updated park, and is currently closed to camping while repairs are done. Take county rd 50 to 19 not the gps way-bridge is out.

mountain biking
Saturday, April 12, 2014

the mountain bike trail was destroyed when I went and they only had one so it was just a waste of gas in the end. May be good for other activities though

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

Trailhead is not marked very well but love the trail and the view at the top!

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2011

It was hard for me to believe that this trail was 3.5 miles long because we hiked it up to the top & back so quick! Its an awesome view once you make it to the top! This trail its not very hard to climb. You have to cross the creek a couple of times which makes it fun & there are a few side paths that can led to some swimming holes!

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