Nature Bound

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Nature Bound Summer Trip

Nature Bound is an outdoor recreation program at Kennesaw State University that provides outdoor pursuits for the KSU community. Nature Bound offers both recreational and educational opportunities for everyone – novice to expert. Nature Bound is founded on the principles of experiential learning to develop knowledge, leadership, and community.


 

Summer 2017 Trip Schedule

Registration opens August 14th for Nature Bound members
& August 22nd for KSU students, faculty, staff and alumni

Register here: mysportsrec.kennesaw.edu

  • Join us for the experience of a lifetime! We will go to Ichetucknee Springs and cedar key national wildlife refuge. We will be kayaking, Snorkeling, and hiking in these magnificent locations.

             Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Easy


  • This amazing crag has some of the best bouldering in the south. We are going to experience what it is like top climb on natural rock while enjoying the great outdoors! There are sections to climb for every experience level, beginners to experienced. We will base this trip on being a learning experience for the basics of outdoor bouldering, allowing you to learn at your own pace.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner


  • We will be whitewater rafting the middle section of the Ocoee River in Tennessee with the raft guides of High Country Adventures. There are 5 miles in this section that have a continuous stretch of class III and IV rapids! Expect to be on the water for no more than 3 hours. The water will still be cold so prepare accordingly. We go rain or shine!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • We will be learning the basics and testing out our new skills on some sweet trails. Get ready for an exciting afternoon ride on the trails at Allatoona Creek Park.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No experience needed! Beginner to advanced welcome.

  • Join Nature Bound for a two-day hike around a trail filled with grassy balds, summits, and beautiful plant life! We will be backpacking through Roan Highlands for two days and one night. We will focus on learning how to backpack, tarp camp, and be sustainable in the woods. Sign up for happy trails and good company!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • We will be biking about 15 miles on the Silver Comet Trail to get to our campsite in Rockmart, GA. This will be an easy, fairly flat ride on a paved trail. We will take our time getting out there while we enjoy the scenery and stop for pictures. Camping gear will be packed in small bike trailers and brought on the ride. We will camp on Saturday night and ride back on Sunday morning. All camping gear, bikes, and transportation to the trail are included in the trip.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

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    This will be an afternoon Paddleboard trip to lake Acworth.  We will leave KSU around 4pm and arrive at Acworth Lake around 4:30 pm.  We will then paddle in lake Acworth until 6:50pm. We will then get in the van around 7pm and head back to KSU at 7:30pm. You will just need a bathing suit, water, and a snack!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:  Beginner / no experience needed, swimming ability NOT required

  • Get ready to climb some gnarly routes and feel like Spiderman along the great Ocoee river. We will be scaling up High Country Adventure’s local sandstone crag, Starr Mountain, where we will be grace with a beautiful river breeze. We will have a nice relaxing day full of sweet tope rope climbs.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner/ intermediate


  • A weekend filled with river canoeing fun, exploration, and adventure at the beautiful Taccoa river. This is a great trip for any and all who are beginners or intermediate paddlers looking for an exciting but relaxing weekend on the water. We will pack all camping gear in our canoes and take it with us down the river. We’ll camp Saturday night and keep paddling Sunday.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner


  • This trip will be taken on a weekday evening to explore and boulder in one of Atlanta's hidden gems: Boat Rock Bouldering! Boat Rock offers premier slab climbs in an area that is close to KSU. Join us for a fun evening full of crimps, slab, and granite!!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner


  • You will have the chance to experience mountain biking on an awesome tail system! We will have the opportunity to ride a beginner-friendly ride trail and have the option to step up to more challenging routes!  

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner/Intermediate

  • We will be summiting one of Georgia’s most popular and beloved hiking destinations. It is going to be a gorgeous hike through Blood Mountain with a wide variety of terrain. During this hike we will loop through incredible, boulder-filled forest on the Freeman Trail. This will be about a 6-mile hike.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No experience needed.


  • Get ready for a day filled with adventure and adrenaline as we raft down Tennessee’s famous Ocoee River. This trip will be guided by a professional raft instructor who will lead us through the most exciting and fun filled sections of the river. Come and join us for an adventure you’ll never forget!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • Never tried kayaking? Now’s your chance! This is a short introduction to paddlesports in which you may become more comfortable on flat water. Trip Leaders will explain safety precautions and give basic paddling instruction. All kayaking gear and transportaion is provided.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No Experience Needed

  • For this bouldering trip, we will be heading to Steele, Alabama- home to one of the most premier sandstone slopers in the Southeast: Horse Pens 40!! We will spend Saturday climbing and getting to know the area. There is a boulder problem for everyone at HP40, so sign up for wicked bouldering and great company!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner-Advanced

  • We will park at Vogel State park on the first day and take the trail leading up to Blood Mountain!   Our camp site will be either at Blood Mountain or Bird gap depending on how crowded it is.  During our down time we can take a short hike to Mountain View Store.  On the second day we will hike back down to our van at Vogel State park.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:  Intermediate


  • Get ready to have an awesome day kayaking on the river! We will be white water kayaking on a section of the Toccoa River through class 1 and class 2 rapids! We will have a great time on the water, and an even better time making new friends!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Kayaking experience recommended

  • Trip details TBA *

  • Get ready for the time of your life!!!   We will head up to Lookout Mountain to go Hang Gliding!   On this trip you and a guide will be towed up by an airplane only to be released thousands of feet up in the air!  Then with help from your guide you will glide down to the landing zone.  We will be camping at lookout mountain, where they have hot showers, swimming pools, and volleyball courts!  On the second day we will go on a scenic day hike at Cloudland Canyon State Park! We will arrive back Sunday around 5pm. 

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No experience needed.

  • We will be spending a relaxing and fun day on the lake and in the sun. Your trip leaders will teach you everything you need to feel right at home on a paddleboard. Be ready to get wet!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • Come adventure with us and discover the beauty of FDR State park! This gorgeous day-hike will take you through shaded valleys, quiet creeks, and multiple scenic overlooks. Rated as a moderate trail, this trip is perfect for both beginners and experienced hikers. Awaken your inner explorer as we walk 6.9 miles of one of the largest and most scenic state parks in Georgia!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Moderate Hike

  • We will be paddling an epic section of the Cartecay River!  We will paddle through up to level 2+ rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic right off the river.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Intermediate


  • Get ready to climb some gnarly routes and feel like Spiderman along the great Ocoee river. We will be scaling up High Country Adventure’s local sandstone crag, Starr Mountain, where we will be grace with a beautiful river breeze. We will have a nice relaxing day full of sweet tope rope climbs.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner/ intermediate


  • Come with us to fly amongst the tree-tops at Historic Banning Mills! Our tour will have a mixture of different sized zip-lines, all with great views and break neck speeds!  We are going to have a day packed full of cable shredding fun including the Screaming Eagle, accredited by Guinness World Records as the Longest and Largest Zip-line Canopy Tour!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No experience needed


  • This will be a two-day trip near the Chattooga River.  We will park at the trailhead or off of fish hatchery road.  We will head South from Foothills trail and onto Chattooga until we reach Burrell’s Ford Campground.  We will camp at one of the designated campsites.  Then on the next day we will take the same trail back to the van.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:  Beginner – Intermediate


  • Go spelunking through some of the most well-known wild caves in the south with Nature Bound!

    We will be taking a four-hour tour that will include belly-crawls and other fun maneuvers. Our guides will be teaching about cave formations and the ecosystem inside the cave.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: none

  • Do you want to boulder and camp in one of the most classic and beautiful places in the Southeast? Sign up to join Nature Bound for a bouldering expedition to the Lily Boulders at the Obed in TN! We will head out Sunday morning to spend two days getting as much bouldering and climbing in as we possibly can! We will focus on learning skills such as rock climbing techniques, basics of outdoor bouldering, and sustainable practices for climbing and camping. Join us for sweet climbing, beautiful sights, and good company!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • Join Nature Bound on the mountains with a week full of skiing and snowboarding! We will be headed to the beautiful Snow Shoe Resort in West Virginia. At Snow Shoe Mountain there are 57 slopes, 14 lifts, and 3 different ski areas! This is a 6-day trip with 2 travel days and 4 whole days on the mountain. Get on board because this is a trip that can’t be missed!

    Included in the trip cost: ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket, lodging in a cabin, most breakfasts and dinners, and transportation from KSU.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner

  • Must be a current member of Sports & Rec, or current member of Outdoor Adventures.*
  • Transportation and gear is provided for all trips and included in the trip price.
  • Outdoor Adventures Membership: $40 /semester


Spring 2017 #ksuadventures

Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017

  • January 27-29 • Skiing & Snowboarding | Beech Mountain, NC

    • Trip Information: We will be going to Lake Acworth for a relaxing evening of stand up paddle boarding! We will go over basic strokes, body position, and even some awesome tricks! This will be a great beginner trip filled with instruction and fun all in killer atmosphere!
    • Ability Level: First Timer, no paddling experience required.
       

    February 3-5 • Backpacking | Smoky Mountains (Intermediate)

    • Trip Information: Join us for a weekend full of scenic views in the notorious Smoky Mountains! We are starting our trek at Big Creek campsite to take the summit of Mount Sterling! We will be walking along beautiful, mountainous ridges and eventually dip down into the valley to follow a river with waterfalls for the rest of the hike! We will cover 23 miles total over three days and be camping under tarps along the way. 
    • Ability Level: Intermediate - due to terrain, mileage and cold weather

     

    February 11-12 • Bouldering | Horse Pens 40, AL

    • Trip Information: For this bouldering trip, we will be heading to Steele, Alabama- home to one of the most premier sandstone slopers in the Southeast: Horse Pens 40!! We will spend Saturday and Sunday bouldering and will camp on location. There is a boulder problem for everyone at HP40, so sign up for a weekend full of wicked bouldering and great company!
      Ability Level: Beginner

     

    February 18 • Caving | Raccoon Mountain:

    • Trip Information:Go spelunking through some of the most well-known wild caves in the south with Nature Bound! We will be taking a four-hour tour that will include belly-crawls and other fun maneuvers. Our guides will be teaching about cave formations and the ecosystem inside the cave.
    • Ability Level: Beginner

     

    February 24-26 • Skiing & Snowboarding | Beech Mountain, NC 

    • Trip Information: Join us for a weekend full of skiing and snowboarding at Beech Mountain, North Carolina. This trip is a great way to get introduced to winter snow sports. Close by, we’re staying at Grandfather Campgrounds in some warm cozy cabins great for hanging out, playing games and cooking some delicious meals. This trip will be departing KSU at 6am on Friday, February 24th.
    • Ability Level: Beginner, no experience required.

     

    March 4-5 • Backpacking | Smoky Mountains to Cades Cove

    • Trip Information: We are exploring the west side of the Great Smoky Mountains! The adventure begins at Cades Cove where we will be making a loop consisting of Cooper Road Trail and Abrams Falls Trail. The first day will consist of a nice chunk of our miles with little elevation change. The second day trail will be relaxed as we hike along the pristine Abrams Creek! This trek is a great introduction to backpacking and the joys that come with it!
    • Ability Level: Beginner: No previous experience needed

     

    March 12 • Ziplining | Banning Mills, GA

    • Trip Information: Come with us to fly amongst the tree-tops at Historic Banning Mills! Our tour will have a mixture of different sized zip-lines, all with great views and break neck speeds! We are going to have a day packed full of cable shredding fun including the Screaming Eagle, accredited by Guinness World Records as the Longest and Largest Zip-line Canopy Tour!
    • Ability Level: Beginner, open to anyone!

     

    Evening Mountain Biking | Blankets Creek, GA

    Trip Information: Blankets Creek is the perfect place to learn to Mountain Bike! There are 1.7 miles of trail rated for beginners as well as a skills training area. Don't have a bike? We'll provide one for you from the KSU Bike Shop!
    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:No experience needed

     

    March 18-19 • Top Rope Climbing | Sandrock, AL

    • Trip Information: We will be heading out to Alabama to climb at one of the South's most iconic climbing spots- Sandrock! Sandrock is regionally known for beautiful hiking views and pristine sandstone climbs that are easily accessible. This trip will be focused on developing climbing skills in the outdoors and gain experience climbing real rock!
    • Ability Level: Beginner

     

    March 18 • Day Hike | FDR State Park, GA 

    • Trip Information: Adventure with us and discover the beauty of FDR State Park! This gorgeous day-hike will take you through shaded valleys, quiet creeks, and multiple scenic overlooks. Rated as a moderate trail, this trip is perfect for both beginners and experienced hikers. Awaken your inner explorer as we hike 6.9 miles of one of the largest and most scenic state parks in Georgia!
    • Ability Level: Beginner

     

    March 22 • Afternoon Hike | Pine Mountain - Cartersville, GA 

    • Trip Information: Just want some fresh air and a scenic view? Come with us on a day hike to Pine Mountain! We will be taking a nice 2 mile hike up to the peak of the mountain for a spectacular view! Grab a friend and join us for a relaxing hike!
    • Ability Level: Beginner

     

    March 25-26 • Mountain Biking | Forks Area Trail System, SC 

    • Trip Information: This will be a two-day mountain biking adventure to Forks Area Trail System. We will ride all day on Saturday and then cook dinner as a group in the evening at the campsite. We will ride more on Sunday before heading back to KSU.
    • Ability Level: Beginner-Intermediate. Must be able to ride a bike, mountain biking experience is recommended.

     

    March 25 • River Kayaking | Chattahoochee River - Atlanta, GA

    • Trip Information: Join Nature Bound as we kayak down the beautiful Chattahoochee River! Located in Metro Atlanta, this section of the Chattahoochee River includes Class I and II rapids, and is a great section for beginning paddlers. Get ready for a great time of guided instruction, learning, and adventure!
    • Ability Level: Beginner – Introduction to River Kayaking

     

    March 29 • Afternoon Bouldering | Boat Rock

    • Trip Information: We will spend a weekday evening exploring and bouldering in one of Atlanta's hidden gems: Boat Rock Bouldering! Boat Rock offers premier slab climbs in an area that is super close to KSU. Join us for a fun evening full of crimps, slab, and granite!!
    • Ability Level: Beginner, no experience needed

     

    April 3-7 • Coastal Kayaking | St. Joseph's Peninsula, FL

    • Trip Information:We will be going to St. Josephs Peninsula State Park in Florida for an incredible, spring break adventure. We will be kayaking, paddleboarding, enjoying the beach and hiking through beautiful coastal trails! Spend your spring break making new friends and unforgettable memories!
    • Ability Level: Beginner

     

    April 8 • River Kayaking | Chattahoochee River - Atlanta, GA 

    • Trip Information: We are going to paddle the Metro Hooch! This section of the Chattahoochee takes you inside the perimeter of Atlanta on an adventure where man and nature live in harmony. There will be up to Class II rapids and plenty of Class I. This trip is perfect for anyone who wants to try river paddling or just wants to have a great day floatin’ the river!
    • Ability Level: Beginner - Introduction to River Kayaking

     

    April 8-9 • Backpacking | Max Patch & Asheville, NC

    • Trip Information: A two-day venture into the beautiful rolling hills of North Carolina. Our first day will be a relaxed one as we drive to Max Patch, a popular point on the AT known for its bald mountain top and intersection point for many trails. We will hike up a mile to the bald mountain top where we will catch sunset, camp under the stars and enjoy sunrise. Day two will be a short ride to Asheville North Carolina for lunch and to admire what the city has to offer before heading back to KSU. Good Vibes only!
    • Ability Level: Beginner, no experience needed

     

    April 9 • Hang Gliding | Lookout Mountain, TN 

    • Trip Information:We’re catching the winds of adventure when we go hang gliding at Lookout Mountain! We are in for a day of soaring around the mountains! There will be a progression from the “bunny slopes” to the big tandem fly! Get some fresh cool air and wind in your hair!
    • Ability Level: Open to all.

     

    April 10 • Stand-Up Paddleboarding | Lake Acworth, GA 

    • Trip Information: We will be going to Lake Acworth for a relaxing evening of stand up paddle boarding! We will go over basic strokes, body position, and even some awesome tricks! This will be a great beginner trip filled with instruction and fun all in killer atmosphere!
    • Ability Level: First Timer, no paddling experience required.

     

    April 15 • Mountain Biking | Cochran Mill, GA

    • Trip Information: Join Nature Bound as we bike the beautiful trails of Cochran Mill in Palmetto, GA! This day trip is a wonderful opportunity to get introduced to the great sport of Mountain Biking. Come ready to make new friends and expand your interests in the outdoors!
    • Ability Level: Beginner, ability to ride a bike is required

     

    April 15 • Rafting | Ocoee River, TN 

    • Trip Information: White Water Rafting! Need we say more? Join Nature Bound as we raft the middle section of the Ocoee river in Tennessee! This trip will be led by professional raft guides in a challenging but controlled environment!
    • Ability Level: First Timer/No Paddling Experience Required.

     

    April 19 • Evening Mountain Biking | Allatoona Lake, GA 

    • Trip Information: This is a fun and inclusive mountain biking trip designed for all levels of participants! There are over 22 miles of active trails with an emphasis on accommodating all skilled riders. This spring trip will be an excellent way to get your foot in the door or hone your existing skills. Allatoona Creek encompasses a beautiful trail system perfect for shredding.
    • Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: No experience needed.

     

    April 20 • Bike Ride | Noonday Creek Trail, GA 

    • Trip Information: Join us as we explore the local paved trail, Noonday Creek! Anyone is welcome! We will ride as much as our group desires! Plan to learn the basics of cycling such as shifting, braking, steering, and body position! Bikes will be provided.
    • Ability Level: All riders welcome!

     

    April 22-23 • Backpacking | AT, Amicalola to Three Forks, GA

    • Trip Information: We are hiking a total of 13 miles over the course of two days. We begin at Amicalola Falls State Park and hike the approach trail to the AT. We will camp out at Back Mountain Shelter for the night and finish off the trip at Three Forks Trail Head.
    • Ability Level: Beginner / Intermediate

     

    April 22 • River Kayaking | Cartecay River, GA

    • Trip Information: We will be paddling an epic section of the Cartecay River! We will paddle through up to level 2+ rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic right off the river.
    • Ability Level: Intermediate - Previous kayaking experience recommended.

     

    April 23 • Lead Climbing | Foster Falls, TN 

    • Trip Information:This will be an intermediate-level climbing course offered for those wanting to get in to the world of sport climbing. We will be spending the day learning, practicing, and experiencing sport climbing. Sign up to expand your skills in one of the most beautiful sport crags of our area- Foster Falls, TN!!
    • Difficulty Rating/Experience Needed: Intermediate- must be able to climb a KSU 5.9 clean on top rope

     

    April 28-30 • Coastal Kayaking | Tybee Island, GA

    • Trip Information: We will be traveling to Tybee Island to spend the weekend learning the basics of coastal kayaking! This weekend will be filled with many activities including: kayaking Ebenezer Creek – a Blackwater creek lined with Cyprus trees – and swimming. To top this off, we will spend the second day exploring Cockspur Island and kayaking to the beach across the channel. Join us for a great weekend on the Ocean!
    • Ability Level: Beginner - Must attend a kayaking clinic and perform a wet exit.

     

    April 29 • Rafting | Ocoee River, TN

    • Trip Information: White Water Rafting! Need we say mor? Join Nature Bound as we raft the middle section of the Ocoee river in Tennessee! This trip will be led by professional raft guides in a challenging but controlled environment!
    • Ability Level: First Timer/No Paddling Experience Required.

     
    May 16-23 • Sight-Seeing, Kayaking & Camping on Lake Powell | Grand Canyon

    • Trip Information: Nature Bound is headed West! Join us as we celebrate the coming of summer on a week long trip sight seeing the Grand Canyon, exploring Lake Powell in kayaks and camping in the beautiful backcountry of Arizona! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the other side of the country and make lasting memories.
    • Ability Level: Beginner - Intermediate
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