Southeast of Huntsville and north of Grove Oak, the 2,000 acre Bucks Pocket State Park has 5 horseback trails totaling 6 miles shared by hikers and equestrians. The route passes through a secluded stretch of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Rock Point Trail is a 2 mile one-way trek beginning in the floor of Bucks Pocket Canyon and ends 400 feet above the canyon floor on a sandstone formation called Point Rock. The trail starts across Little Bridge in the campground and terminates with a spectacular view of the canyon as seen from Point Rock. Be advised, this trail does have some trail steps on bare rock near the being.
The South Sauty Creek trail is a 2.5 mile one-way trek passing two waterfalls.
To reach the trailhead from Grove Oak, head north on CR19 and then continue north on CR557 into the park. This route can be quite steep and difficult with a horse trailer attached so be careful, or contact the state park office for an alternative route. The horse campground area is small, but nice. There is a stand tap with a hose available. The local rangers advise riding on the easy and scenic Primitive Camping Trail.
Overall, Rock Point Horse Trail is the 5th most popular horse trail of all 10 horseback rides in Alabama.