Adventure Recreation

Students on the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail

The Adventure Recreation Program at Jacksonville State University provides opportunities for students to get outside! We lead exciting trips every year that highlight some great outdoor attractions and activities! 

The Adventure Recreation Center is housed in the RFC. The Adventure Recreation Center serves as our storefront for gear rentals and trip registration.  The ARC is open Thursday - Monday from noon - 6pm.

Contact the Adventure Recreation Center at 256-782-8690 or via

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Fall 2019 Trip Series

Ocoee River Rafting

Trip date: 9/9 Register by: 9/2
JSU Student Rate: $80 RFC Member Rate: $95
Join JSU Adventure Rec on a whitewater river adventure!  The Ocoee River is situated in east Tennessee's beautiful Cherokee National Forest and is home to one of the nation's most iconic and storied whitewater rivers.  Experience beautiful scenery while riding Class III-V rapids and making new friends along the way.  No experience necessary! 

Photography Trip

Trip date: 9/15 Register by: 9/13
JSU Student Rate: $25 RFC Member Rate: $35
Enjoy a fun and rewarding hike through Alabama's, Little River Canyon.  While we get to explore this unique area, professional photographers will teach us the ins and outs of photographing nature and then we'll get to put our skills to the test!  No experience necessary and all equipment is provided! 

North Carolina Beginner Whitewater Paddling

Trip date: 9/27 - 28 Register by: 9/24
JSU Student Rate: $150 RFC Member Rate: $165
Enjoy the scenic Appalachian Mountains by way of an inflatable kayak, also better known as a "ducky".  You will be paddling your own ducky through Class II-III rapids on the beginner friendly Nantahala River in beautiful western North Carolina. 

Sand Rock Climbing

Trip date: 10/13 Register by: 10/10
JSU Student Rate: $35 RFC Member Rate: $55
Sand Rock, Alabama is home to some of the most unique stone in all the Southeast.  Enjoy views of Weiss Lake as you climb awesome sandstone features built for every climber no matter the experience.  Be sure to pass a belay certification course at our UREC climbing wall before you go!

Pinhoti Trail Backpacking

Trip date: 11/8 - 10 Register by: 11/6
JSU Student Rate: $100 RFC Member Rate: $115
Backpacking on the Pinhoti Trail in the Talladega National Forest.

Bikepacking the Chief Ladiga Trail

Trip date: 11/16 -17 Register by: 11/13
JSU Student Rate: $50 RFC Member Rate: $65
You will be Bikepacking the Chief Ladiga Trail, camping out in the Talladega National Forest, and then biking back to campus the next morning.

Fall 2019 Clinics

Intro to Backpacking

Date/Time: Thurs. 10/3 from 7-8:30pm Register by: 10/3
JSU Student Rate: $15 RFC Member Rate: $25
Join Adventure Recreation backpacking trip leaders for a hands on, first look at what it takes to go backpacking. We'll go over different types of sleeping systems, dive into necessary gear and equipment you will need, and get some practical experience to help you set out on the trail.

Backcountry Cooking

Date/Time: Mon. 10/21 from 6-9pm Register by: 10/18
JSU Student Rate: $15 RFC Member Rate: $25
One of the most common misconceptions about recreating in the backcountry is having to skimp on delicious and tasty meals for something bland and cooked over a fire.  Come join Adventure Rec and learn how to jazz up your favorite meals.  In this clinic, you will learn several methods of cooking, along with how to make sure you're getting the most out of your nutrition for your next adventure..