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.


Saturday, January 6 8:30 a.m.

Join Wild South for a trail maintenance day on the Pinhoti Trail in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness! No experience necessary. 9 miles of the Pinhoti Trail goes through Dugger and it needs to be brushed out in numerous spots.

Please be prepared by bringing the following, we will supply everything else.
Daypack with lunch, snacks, water, work gloves. We will provide tools, safety vests and helmets. Alabama Winter weather is unpredictable. Be prepared. Dress in layers. Bring rain gear.

Difficulty of terrain is rated moderate to difficult due to moderate to steep grades and we plan to cover as much of the trail as possible. Depending on the turn out, we may send a group around to come in from the north.
We will assemble at the Burns trailhead on Rabbittown Road at 8:30 a.m. We will be done by 4 p.m.

Please sign up by emailing Kim Waites at Please include a phone number!