Join Wild South volunteers and staff for a work day in Dugger Wilderness on Saturday, February 11th. We will meet at the Burns trailhead at 9 a.m. (Google Maps Link) or at the Bass Pro Shop in Leeds at 7:30 to carpool (Google Maps Link).
No trail maintenance experience is required. We will provide tools and work gloves. Please bring water and food. Wear appropriate clothing and be prepared for moderate terrain and rewarding physical activity. Email kim@wildsouthorg to reserve your space.
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.