Buck's Pocket State Park
As legend goes, Buck's Pocket State Park is where all the defeated public officials go to lick their wounds after an unsuccessful election. This 2,000-acre park in northeast Alabama is secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountains, so it's easy to escape the city and get lost in the beauty of the park. There are many outdoor activities to do here. The park's picnic area offers a canyon rim natural vista into the pocket below. The pocket itself, on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville, hosts an improved campground, complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, playground and picnic area, & hiking trails. There are also opportunities for primitive camping, eagle watching and fishing. With 20 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and many beautiful scenic overlooks, Buck's Pocket State Park is definitely worth the visit. Fun for the whole family, where solitude in nature can truly be found.
A boat launch and fishing area are provided seven miles downstream at Morgan's Cove on Lake Guntersville located in north Alabama between Bridgeport and Guntersville.
36 campsites in the Improved Campground with water and electricity, four have sewage; complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station and playground.
Alabama's largest lake contains 69,100 acres and stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam. Free boat ramps and private marinas dot the lake's perimeter. Fishing, boating, camping, hunting and eagle watching are popular sports in the area. Eagle watching centers on Guntersville State Park and the dam during the winter, though some bald eagles stay all year. The lake's fish habitat includes milfoil and hydrilla weed beds from which big bass explode on topwater baits.
Buck's Pocket State Park has 20 miles of hiking trails varying from 1/4 mile to 6 miles in length. There are also six miles of horseback trails. These trails offer visitors a perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with the area's rich woodlands and vistas.
There are six miles of horseback trails.
There are picnic areas in the campgrounds.
RV hook-ups are available.
Open year-round from 7 a.m. until sundown.
From the intersection of AL Hwy 227 and AL Hwy 62 just north of Guntersville State Park, go 4.4 miles east on Hwy 227. Turn left at the Morgan's Cove Park Sign and go 1.1 miles down the hill to the cove.