Buck's Pocket State Park
|Buck's Pocket State Park|
|Location||DeKalb / Jackson / Marshall counties, near Langston, Alabama, USA|
|Area||2,000 acres (810 ha)|
|Operated by||Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
Buck's Pocket State Park is a state park on Sand Mountain in the northeast of the U.S. state of Alabama, located east of Guntersville Lake and 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the community of Grove Oak. This secluded 2,000-acre (810 ha) park is in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountain chain on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville.
Facilities and activities
The park's picnic area has a canyon rim natural vista into the pocket below. The park has an improved campground, complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, and playground. There are 20 miles (32 km) of hiking trails and 6 miles (9.7 km) of trails for equestrians. A boat launch and fishing area are provided seven miles downstream at Morgan's Cove on Lake Guntersville.
There is a persistent legend in Alabama that unsuccessful politicians go to Buck's Pocket after losing their election. When specifically do they go, and what activities they pursue while there is not specified, but left to the imagination.
Hamilton Berry b Apr,20,1819 d Oct,4 1864 Children of "Hamp" and Mary Tabor, his first wife.
1. William "Buck" Berry b Nov. 2 1836 d. June 1,1918 married Sara F__, b. Nov.8, 1843,died
Mar. 17 1936. Both are buried in Black Oak Cemetery near Grove Oak DeKalb county Alabama. The cemetery is on 7 acres donated by Buck Berry for the church(no longer there) and the cemetery. Buck's slave, Peter Lackey, is buried nearby. Bucks Pocket was named for William "Buck" Berry. He and his father Hamp lived in a cave there during the Civil War to avoid conscription by either Confederate or Union army, though their sympathies were with the Union.
- "Buck's Pocket State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- Alabama State Parks Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources