Nature Bound

Mission

Nature Bound 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 Thursday, June 1, 2017: mysportsrec.kennesaw.edu

    • Trip Dates:
      July 6-9

    • Trip Leaders:
      Al & Tristan

    • Trip Description:
      A once in a lifetime experience!! We will go to Ichetucknee Springs State Park and Cedar Keys National Wild Refuge Park. On this trip, we will kayak, snorkel and hike at these maginficent locations!

    • Difficulty Rating/Experience:
      Beginner

    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting:
      Monday, July 3 at 6pm

    • Pricing:
      KSU Student: $45,
      Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $75
    • Trip Dates: 
      July 22nd

    • Trip Leaders:
      Tristan & Lilly

    • Trip Description:
      This summer, join us for a special viewing experience of the crystal clear waters of the Conasauga River! On this trip, we will hike along the Conasauga River Trail with the best views of brilliantly colored tropical fish; The fish are most colorful this time of year! In the afternoon, we will come face-to-face with the great variety, colors and numbers of fish as we snorkel the marine coral reefs before returning to KSU.

    • Difficulty Rating/Experience:
      Beginner

    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: 
      None 

    • Pricing:
      KSU Student: $12,
      Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $17
    • Trip Dates:
      July 29th

    • Trip Leaders:
      Kyle & Lilly

    • Trip Description:
      Embark upon an adventure down the Middle Ocoee, America's most popular whitewater rafting river! As a team, we will work together to conquer 8 miles of thrilling rapids; Through this journey, participants will experience the beauty and power of mother nature through the Ocoee waters. 

    • Difficulty Rating/Experience:
      Beginner

    • Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: 
      None 

    • Pricing:
      KSU Student: $32
      Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $52
  • Must be a current member of Sports & Rec, or current member of Outdoor Adventures.*
    • Outdoor Adventures Membership: $40 for Summer Semester
  • Transportation and gear is provided for all trips and included in the trip price.

 



Past Nature Bound Trips

  • 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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