On Wednesday, April 15th the state parks division announced the planned closure of four parks and two golf courses.

Since that time, we have received a tremendous amount of support from the public. In addition, the Governor’s office and the legislature have received an outcry for our parks to stay open and for them to receive full funding. Given these recent developments and discussions that are taking place in Montgomery, Governor Bentley has instructed the state parks division to delay these closings slated for May 1st until further notice. 

Unless a general fund budget is approved that fully funds the Alabama State Parks System, we will have to soon take extreme measures to begin to brace for the harsh reality that will occur due to this significant loss of revenue. What you are doing is working and has a huge impact on ensuring that State Parks funding is protected. We encourage all supporters of the parks system to continue to communicate within your families, your communities, and among your elected officials to resolve this funding crisis once and for all.

History

Located in three counties (DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall), the Cherokee Indians once lived on what now is park land before the Trail of Tears. The area was also used for growing coffee and olives by the French during the 1700s and later for logging in the 1940s.  As local legend goes, Buck's Pocket also served as a retreat for defeated public officials after unsuccessful elections. 
 
Nature
Secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountain foothills, the pocket itself is on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville. Seven miles down stream at Morgan’s Cove is a boat launch and fishing area on Lake Guntersville, noted for spectacular bass fishing. 
 
Accommodations 
There are 24 modern campsites located in the bottom of the canyon along with a playground and comfort station. Additionally, the park offers primitive camping and overnight camping with horses.
 
Area Attractions
Other nearby attractions include bald eagle watching at Lake Guntersville, the Boaz Factory Outlets, the award-winning country music group Alabama’s fan club and museum, High Falls Park, the Walls of Jericho Forever Wild Tract, Lake Guntersville State Park, DeSoto State Park, and Mentone, Ala. 
 

Buck's Pocket & Morgan's Cove is also part of the North Alabama Birding Trail!
See the www.northalabamabirdingtrail for more info.