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Buck's Pocket State Park
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Buck's Pocket State Park, August 2011
Buck's Pocket State Park is located in Alabama
Buck's Pocket State Park
Buck's Pocket State Park
Location in Alabama
Buck's Pocket State Park is located in the United States
Buck's Pocket State Park
Buck's Pocket State Park
Location in the United States
Location DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, Alabama, United States
Area 2,000 acres (8.1 km2)
Elevation 764 ft (233 m)
Established 1971
Governing body Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Website Buck's Pocket State Park

Buck's Pocket State Park is publicly owned recreation area located on Sand Mountain in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Alabama, 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the community of Grove Oak. The state park occupies 2,000 acres (810 ha) surrounding a natural pocket (canyon) of the Appalachian Mountain chain along South Sauty Creek, an upstream tributary on the east side of Guntersville Lake. The park is known for the sweeping views of its rugged, seemingly untouched landscape provided from the heights of Point Rock.


The park's origins date from 1966, when the Sand Mountain Booster's Club organized the Tri-County Park Authority and purchased land from a local farmer. Additional acreage totalling some 700 acres was contributed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The park opened in 1971.

In 2015, Buck's Pocket lost its campground and its staffing as part of the closing and curtailment of services at several Alabama state parks enacted following severe budget cuts. Reopening of the campground occurred in June 2020.

Park lore

The origin of the name "Buck's Pocket" has been variously attributed to the presence of large herds of deer, the legendary death of a buck who leapt from Point Rock after being trapped by Cherokee, and a man named Buck Berry who used the area to hide from the draft during the Civil War.

A persistent story dating from the 1940s holds that unsuccessful Alabama politicians go to Buck's Pocket after being defeated at the polls. When specifically they go and what activities they pursue while there is not specified, but left to the imagination.

Activities and amenities

The park offers 10 miles (16 km) of trails for hiking as well as the scenic view from atop the Point Rock Overlook. The park's picnic area has a canyon rim vista into the pocket below. A boat launch and fishing area are provided seven miles downstream at Morgan's Cove on Lake Guntersville.

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