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Dugger Mountain Wilderness

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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.

Planning to Visit the Dugger Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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