Point Rock Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Groveoak, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.3 miElevation gain423 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersFee
Description
Waypoints (0)
Getting There

Buck's Pocket State Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $5/vehicle. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $100.

As part of the state park improvement project, signs have been added both at the Point Rock upper trailhead and the lower campground road trailhead.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (66)
Photos (109)
Activities (48)
Completed (124)
View user's profile page
Pearce Cowart
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 22, 2021
Hiking

Nice day, plenty of water on the falls! If I had to do it again, I would leave a second car at the campground, drive to the Point Rock parking lot, and hike downhill as a one-way... but then again I am mildly out of shape...!

View Pearce's activity
View user's profile page
Bliss Bowman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 21, 2021
HikingMuddy

It’s really nice hiking next to the water. The trail is fun and varied, with some rocky inclines you’ll have to climb. The waterfall and view are beautiful.

View user's profile page
Gary Wade
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 20, 2021
HikingGreat!Rocky

Great short hike trail. You have to cross the creek a few times, so your toes are going to get wet but it's worth it to get to the top for the view. Our son and our dog had a great time so older kids shouldn't have any problems.

View user's profile page
Stephen Baughn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 15, 2021
Hiking

Fun hike. Some challenging rocky spots but not impossible. 70 year old mother in law did it just fine

View Stephen's activity
View user's profile page
David Lannie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 10, 2021
Hiking
View David's activity
View user's profile page
Robin Carney
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 16, 2021
Hiking

The way that Apple Maps takes you is flooded. Please reroute this trailhead link! Awesome trail and so much fun! The falls were beautiful and we hiked to some nice overlooks!

View Robin's activity
View user's profile page
Jon Thompson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 10, 2021
Hiking
View Jon's activity
View user's profile page
Shane Rattray
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 9, 2021
Hiking
View Shane's activity
View user's profile page
Lauren Varnell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 4, 2021
Hiking

Good first of the year hike!

View Lauren's activity
View user's profile page
Beverly Mashburn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 4, 2021
HikingGreat!

So happy to see this park reopen! Peaceful moderate hike, great family fun!

View user's profile page
Sarah Stahl
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 1, 2021
Hiking

Beautiful hike and the water is flowing so well right now that there are lots of waterfalls to see!

View Sarah's activity
View user's profile page
Joseph Huwaldt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 23, 2020
Hiking

Trail was in good condition and dry today. It is well marked with lots of orange blazes, but is very steep in places. At least it is pretty short.

View Joseph's activity
View user's profile page
Brandon Owens
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 23, 2020
HikingGreat!

A challenging shorter trail for newer hikers. I had a little over an hour to kill and decided to ride out for it. I started at the top of the trail from the overlook and went down. This might not have been the best idea as I was very winded going back up. A couple of water falls were worth it though, mainly Little Sauty Falls, which is off the trail a few feet. One crossing over some water is a little tricky, as I tripped and got my boots wet. There are also a lots of roots and rocks on the path. A man I met on the trail was having problems navigating in tennis shoes, so make sure you wear the proper footwear.

View user's profile page
J Savey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 11, 2020
Nature trips

beautiful scenery

View J's activity
View user's profile page
Sarah Stahl
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2020
HikingRocky

Wes at the end.The This is a great family trail with lots to explore along the way. The trail head is located at the Bucks Pocket Camp Ground and can be tricky to locate. The hike up is worth the view!

View user's profile page
Joseph Johanesse
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 22, 2020
Hiking

Great hike with falls name Little Sauty Falls about .7 way to the top. The top has fantastic views of the canyon below. Sort of rocky but moderate overall. Recommend doing.

View user's profile page
Sally Fritzsch
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingRocky

It was like a scavenger hunt looking for the red tree markings as the path was covered with leaves and hard to make out at times. Inclines slippery so bring your hiking poles! View at the end of the trail very nice. Good place for a snack before you head down again. Note that there is no parking area at trailhead but ranger told us it was okay to park one vehicle there on the wide spot where trail starts. Otherwise you have to park by ranger station and access trail through the campground.

View user's profile page
Alicia Gillespie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 1, 2020
HikingGreat!

The trail was well marked. The view spectacular. At times the incline was a bit ruff on the way up but I only fell on my butt once on the way down. Would definitely do it again

View user's profile page
Karen Clark
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 15, 2020
Hiking

This was a great short hike that ended up being a pretty good workout because of the inclines. I hiked with a heavy bag for extra effort and brought along my dog. He loved it too! I only wish the creek beds had not been dry. Great vistas at the top!

View user's profile page
Alicia Tonione
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Great hike! All the creeks were dry and it had been raining for two days but the trail wasn’t muddy. I think the “moderate” rating is accurate as there are some rocky, steep inclines but it’s extremely well marked. I went first thing in the morning and there were several spider webs especially at the beginning but I cleared them with a stick as I walked and it was fine. I would love to do this again maybe in the Spring when the water is flowing. There are bathrooms at the trailhead, always a plus!!

View user's profile page
Kristy Smith
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 16, 2020
HikingRocky

This trail offered some beautiful scenery. There were a lot of areas of just easy walking and then other areas of steep incline. We started at the bottom near the campground. I would like to go back and start at the top. All in all it was a fun day.

View user's profile page
Tracy E
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

This was our third hike and it was a good challenge with the heat and humidity! This is a good workout and I think the “moderate” rating is accurate, especially for a beginner. All the creek beds were dry, but the trail was clearly marked and lots of great scenery. The overlook is great. In the past we’ve seen lots of eagles, but unfortunately not today. Looking forward to going back where there has been more rain to see the waterfall.

View Tracy's activity
View user's profile page
Mike L
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 28, 2020
Hiking

Wonderful trail with an unexpected waterfall. Be sure to check out Sauty Creek bed along the primitive road. It's dry right now but that creates a great opportunity to explore it. It takes careful scrambling and a keen eye but the boulders are beyond imagination. It is wondrous! Some as big as a house. Looking forward to seeing it again soon.

View user's profile page
Jenny Hopkins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 25, 2020
HikingFeeRocky

Began at the top by the overlook parking. Could hear water running, and went a bit off trail to find a beautiful waterfall. After descending to the campground and stopping at the ranger's office to pay the $5 parking fee (no place up at the overlook to pay), returned to the beginning. Stopped again to see the waterfall and scrambled down many boulders to get a clear view. Lovely spot to stop for lunch. Overall a pretty trail with lush greenery. Trail is very well marked. Almost too well marked! Whoever painted the blazes unfortunately painted big green arrows on many beautiful boulders. That was sad to see.

View user's profile page
A Cross
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 3, 2020
Hiking

It was well marked and easy to find from the main road. My two young boys, age 5 and 6 were able to complete the trail, with a few stops for water along the way. Difficult, steep terrain at times, but the views at the top were gorgeous and worth all the sweat.

View user's profile page
Jeff Spencer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 25, 2020
Hiking

This trail isn’t closed. It is open to the public to access either from the Point Rock observation overlook or from the low-water bridge on the campground road (County Rd 174). To access from below, one will have to park outside the closed gate to the campground and walk the short distance to the low water bridge trail head. The new trail signs give the distance at 1.14 miles on way - our GPS average was 1.17 miles. After a recent rain, the steeper terrain is slippery so be aware. For those interested in the waterfall, it is just over a third of a mile from the Point Rock upper trailhead. Look for a Y and go left a short distance. If it has rained recently, you’ll hear it. The campground and trail system is undergoing major renovation with a target opening of the campground in mid June 2020.

Showing results 1 - 26 of 66