Nature Bound


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.

FALL 2017 Trip Schedule

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  • 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

    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

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  • 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.
  • Nature Bound Membership available for current students only: $25/semester

FALL 2017 Clinic Schedule

Clinic Schedule for Fall 17


Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017