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.

Buck’s Pocket State Park reopened on June 16th, 2021 with a renovated campground and a new ORV(Off-Road Vehicles) trail. These amenities create a family-friendly destination for campers, off-road enthusiasts, and vacationers. This is an exciting time for the Alabama State Parks and our park visitors. Please follow the Buck’s Pocket State Park FB page to keep up with all the current events at the park.

The campground features 23 campsites with 13 of those being sewer hook-up sites, 4 of those being pull-through sites, and all of those providing water and electricity. Each of these sites features a 16′ x 60′ concrete camper pad, picnic table, fire pit, and grill. There are also 11 primitive campsites located within the interior of the campground and more planned for the future. Backcountry sites are also planned for the future. A bathhouse, separate ADA bathhouse, and dump station are provided. Other campground amenities include:

  • One ADA accessible campsite (no sewer hook-up)
  • High-speed WiFi within the main campground
  • Pavilion for rent in a common area


Buck’s Pocket State Park Alabama
393 Co Rd 174, Grove Oak, AL 35975, United States



ORV Trail: Daily from sunrise to sunset

Day Use: Sunrise to Sunset $5 per car

Office: Thursday thru Monday 9a-5p

Office: Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday


$29-34/night for camping.


Contact Details

Phone: (256) 659-6288, (256) 659-2000

Official Website: Buck’s Pocket State Park Alabama


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Buck’s Pocket State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Buck’s Pocket State Park is a must-visit state park in Alabama. Check out other state parks in Alabama here.

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