The United States Congress designated the Dugger Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1999 and it now has a total of 9,048 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Alabama
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The third and newest wilderness area to Alabama, the Dugger Mountain Wilderness, became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in December of 1999, when President Clinton signed the legislation. This wilderness is managed to restore and preserve the natural ecological conditions of the area, it is administered by the USDA Forest Service. In this unique wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. The Dugger Mountain Wilderness is named for the nearby Dugger Mountain, which rises to a height of 2,140 feet. Looking across pasture land into a small community called Rabbittown, Dugger Mountain Wilderness is a picturesque view of tranquility. Dugger Mountain, has one of the highest peak in Alabama and is located in the Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek District. The area designated as wilderness encompasses approximately 9,200 acres and brings the total wilderness acres to more than 41-thousand or about seven percent of the total land base in the National Forests in Alabama. The Wilderness encompasses some of the most rugged mountainous terrain in Alabama, as well as numerous endangered and threatened plant communities.