By Patricia Stenger Sharpe
A needs to for each critical walker, this convenient pocket guidie offers details at the many mountain climbing trails on hand within the scenic kingdom of Alabama. An avid hiker herself, Pat Sharpe has been there, is aware the terrain, the vegetation and the fauna, the pitfalls . . . and the unbelievable great thing about the kingdom skilled from it climbing trails.
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A compass is a must here, since this section is almost impassable due to blackberry and dewberry brambles and the large amount of trail overgrowth. This area, which could be very pretty, would make a great scout project for a cleanup campaign. At AL 227, the trail travels down Morgan Cove Road (the turnoff is 30 yards south of the trail) to join the Primitive Campground Road and Trail in Buck's Pocket State Park (see next section). 1 mile from the Morgan Cove parking area and travels east. The trail is obscured by a large number of allterrain vehicle tracks, but by bearing east, the hiker can easily pick up the trail and follow it up South Sauty Creek to the state park.
The trail starts on the west side of the AL 227 bridge near the park manager's office. At this writing, no sign marked the entrance, but the trailhead can be found between the lake shoreline and the utility company road 20 feet away. The trail goes and returns along the same pathway. 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.
While I could not always recommend certain trails I ventured upon, I have no reservations about the people I met. I wish to thank my intrepid hiking companions: my husband, Mike, Gene Boyle, Sandra Stenger, Prissy and Larry Burrus, Barbara Malcom, Greg Messer, Joe Stenger, Margie MacGregor, Walt Williams, Tommy Cantrell, Darla and Ken Bostick, John and Lisa Montoya, Karen Newton, Brian Johnson, Keith Childers, and our friend from "down under," Ian Bilney. S. Forest Service; my copy editor, Trinket Shaw; and the staff at The University of Alabama Press.