Buck’s Pocket State Park is located on Sand Mountain in the northeast Alabama, east of Guntersville Lake and 2 miles north of the Grove Oak community. This secluded 2,000 acre park is in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountain chain on Sauty Creek, a tributary of Lake Guntersville. The park straddles DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall counties. The park was opened in 1971. The name is said to come from a legend which states that a group of Cherokee hunters cornered a buck deer on a high ledge, where the frightened animal leapt off the ledge into the deep rock pocket below. Another tale says that the area was once a gathering place for buck deer that roamed the area by the hundreds.
The park’s picnic area has a canyon rim natural vista into the pocket below. The park has an improved campground as well as 20 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of equestrians trails. Buck’s Pocket teems with wildlife, a variety of birds and waterfowl, wildflowers, thick hardwood forests, dramatic vertical bluffs, and clear creeks. Spring wildflowers and autumn leaves are also major attractions of the park.