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Three, Off the Map, Places You Should Visit
by D. B. Mauldin
The beautiful Sand Mountain area, contains three Nature Parks that shouldn’t be missed: High Falls Park, Buck’s Pocket State Park, and Lake Guntersville State Park. These parks can be found by following State Highway #75 and County Road #227.
High Falls Park
A 38 acre park full of peace and tranquility. High Falls Park contains six hiking trails, a walking bridge, a waterfall, picnic area, and a playground, making it a popular spot for social and family gatherings.
The park is open from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. During the winter months, the park closes at sunset.
Bring your own fishing equipment and enjoy a day of fishing.
Visit during the fall season and enjoy the display of color.
For more information, visit: http://huntsville.about.com/library/weekly/aa102303a.htm
Buck’s Pocket State Park
This 2,000 acre park is secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountains. The pocket itself offers 36 campsites, a playground, picnic area, and over 20 miles of hiking trails. The canyon is a perfect place for rest and relaxation.
At the top, there is an area, called the Overlook Area. From this area, one can look out and view three different counties on a clear day.
The park is open daily, from 7:00 a.m. CST to sundown.
Visit: http://www.alapark.com/BucksPocket/ for more information.
Lake Guntersville State Park
This 69,000 acre park offers a lot of fishing, fun, hiking, rest, relaxation, and swimming. Lake Guntersville State Park offers cabins, camping, chalets, and hotel rooms.
The park is located along the banks of the Tennessee River. It contains an 18-hole golf course, a restaurant, a beach, outdoor swimming pool, a fishing center, hiking trails, and nature programs.
For more information, visit: http://www.alapark.com/LakeGuntersville/
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