Point Rock Trail

Guntersville, Alabama

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The high point of Buck’s Pocket State Park is this hike to Point Rock. The trail starts out around a boulder-strewn runoff area that, during periods of rainfall, can have a wild tropical look to it, with heavy moss. Before the trail ascends to Point Rock, a 70-foot waterfall pops out of the boulders and drops into the underground caverns known as the Big Sink. From the top of the point are expansive views of the sandstone cliffs lining surrounding mountains. Trail Surface: Dirt path; some rocky trail.

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"The high point of Buck’s Pocket State Park is this hike to Point Rock. The trail starts out around a boulder-strewn runoff area that, during periods of rainfall, can have a wild tropical look to it, with heavy moss.

Before the trail ascends to Point Rock, a 70-foot waterfall pops out of the boulders and drops into the underground caverns known as the Big Sink. From the top of the point are expansive views of the sandstone cliffs lining surrounding mountains. Trail Surface: Dirt path; some rocky trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Guntersville
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 750 feet
Top Elevation: 1,050 feet
Local Contacts: Buck's Pocket State Park
Local Maps: USGS Grove Oak
Driving Directions: Directions to Point Rock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/19/2002
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This is a nice hike during the fall color season. I recommend dropping a vehicle off at the bottom near the ranger station and hiking down from Point Rock instead of hiking it twice. This allows for a nice picnic lunch on the creek bank. Very rarely do you meet more than a couple of other groups on this trail as it is not very heavily used. Lots of boulders along the creek by the trail and some interesting formations as you pass below Point Rock on the upper section. Also, there''s a nice sinkhole about 1/3 of the way down. While at the top, be sure to explore the rocks around Point Rock; you can reach more spots than you''d initially think possible.



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