The United States Congress designated the Dugger Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1999 and it now has a total of 9,200 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Alabama
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The third and newest wilderness area, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, was dedicated April 1, 2000.
Looking across pasture land into a small community called Rabbittown, Dugger Mountain Wilderness is a picturesque view of tranquility. Dugger Mountain, the second highest peak in Alabama with an elevation of 2,140 feet, 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. President Clinton signed legislation making Dugger Mountain a wilderness area into law in late December 1999.