Dugger Mountain Wilderness

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Dugger Mountain Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Dugger Mountain Wilderness
Map showing the location of Dugger Mountain Wilderness
Location Cleburne and Calhoun counties, Alabama, USA
Nearest city Piedmont
Coordinates 33°52′02″N 85°36′04″W / 33.8673239°N 85.6010716°W / 33.8673239; -85.6010716Coordinates: 33°52′02″N 85°36′04″W / 33.8673239°N 85.6010716°W / 33.8673239; -85.6010716[1]
Area 9,200 acres (3,723 ha)
Established April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)[2]
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Dugger Mountain Wilderness is Alabama's third and newest wilderness area. Dedicated April 2000,[2] Dugger Mountain Wilderness covers 9,200 acres (3,700 ha) of Talladega National Forest in Calhoun County and Cleburne County in Alabama.

Geography[edit]

Dugger Mountain, the second highest peak in Alabama with an elevation of 2,140 feet (650 m),[3] is located between Anniston and Piedmont.

The wilderness encompasses some of the most rugged and mountainous terrain in Alabama, as well as numerous endangered and threatened plant communities. It is one of the last intact roadless areas in Alabama's National Forests.[2] Most the mountain's 16,000 acres (6,500 ha) were too steep to profitably for timber harvest.

Features[edit]

The Pinhoti National Recreation Trail winds through the wilderness area.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dugger Mountain Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dugger Mountain Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ "AL Peaks List". LoJ.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Pinhoti Trail History". The Pinhoti Trail Alliance. Retrieved 2011-08-14.