By Patricia Stenger Sharpe
A needs to for each severe walker, this useful pocket guidie presents info at the many mountaineering trails on hand within the scenic nation of Alabama. An avid hiker herself, Pat Sharpe has been there, is aware the terrain, the plants and the fauna, the pitfalls . . . and the astonishing great thing about the nation skilled from it mountaineering trails.
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3 miles Description: This loop, the longest trail in the park, begins and ends off the service road near the lodge tennis courts. The trail is much the same as others in the park but has better views along the lakeshore. The pathway, blazed intermittently in yellow, is heavily wooded and overgrown in places but is not difficult to follow. Since it connects with Pine Bark Trail by a small bridge and almost connects with Wheeler Trail via the service road, a longer hike can be made by combining the three paths.
3 miles (plus 2-mile hike in along closed road) Description: This may be the most familiar trail in the wilderness for most people and, for that reason, the most abused. 5 miles into the trail, this alternate bears right. At this point, the trail winds down to the edge of the Bee Branch Scenic Area and begins the 400-foot descent into the canyon itself. This is a moderately strenuous hike in and out and may be hazardous when wet or frozen. Unfortunately, the canyon has always been a favorite destination for less responsible day hikers, and it is always possible to find a good deal of trash along the trail and in the cavelike overhangs in the canyon.
Buck's Pocket State Park Straddling the DeKalb-Jackson County lines, Buck's Pocket State Park ranks as one of the park system's most Page 33 Page 34 picturesque facilities. From the park's observation overlook at the 1,100-foot-high Point Rock, to the base of the canyon and South Sauty Creek, the scenery is superb. Legends of the derivation of the park's name range from the tradition of the Cherokee Indians' hunting buck deer in the pockets of the canyon, to the abundance of the cupped husks found on certain types of acorns, or buckeyes.