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.
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.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.