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.
No trails at this park.