Buck’s Pocket State Park is a pretty area hurt by the lack of a really good trail. The park is a narrow gorge cut into Sand Mountain by South Saunty creek. It features dense woods and high bluffs with nice views. Getting to those views is the problem: there are relatively few trails here, and most of the choices are steep and rocky. All the same, the area is definitely worth a look. It’s been called the best kept secret in Alabama State Parks.
East of the Tennessee River, just south of Langston. From Guntersville, follow Hwy 227 through Guntersville State Park. Just past the state park you’ll need to turn right, though the highway number stays the same. Turn left onto Route 19 and follow it to Route 152, which leads through the park. Once you leave Hwy 227 the roads are not well marked, but you’ll see signs guiding you to Bucks Pocket before you leave Guntersville State Park. Once you get to Bucks Pocket the road will split. Keep to the left; a right takes you to the Point Rock overlook.
- Nice views from high bluffs.
- Best Season
- Buck’s Pocket would make a great fall color hike.