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.


FALL 2018 Trip Schedule

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Backpacking & Hiking 

KSU Nature Bound Trips

With KSU Nature Bound, you can hike away from your worries! We offer a variety of hiking and backpacking trips that scatter the South East and give participants a chance to enjoy the outdoors. A typical beginner-hiking trip includes a hike in and out of the woods lasting between 5 to 8 miles. A typical backpacking trip involves hiking about 5 to 10 miles in to the woods while carrying all camping gear in backpacks, spending the night camping, and hiking 5 to 10 miles out of the woods the next day. Both types of trips offer scenic views and great company! Transportation, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and other necessary gear are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    Join us on a backpacking and paddle boarding trip in NC. We will hike about 4 miles to camp, where will cook dinner and hangout. In the morning we will fish the last 3 miles. We will then Get on the French Broad River and paddle (or float) 6 miles down the river. Both the hike and paddle will have beautiful views.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $40
    KSU Student $45
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $50

    Trip Information:
    One of the few places where dismalities, also known as glowworms, can be found, the Dismals Canyon has quite the treat to offer! This overnight trip will allow you to both hike and explore the Dismal Canyon. At night time, the dismalities light up the Canyon, as if they were thousands of stars in the night sky. Come join us on this awesome adventure and see how the dismalities light up the Canyon!

  • Pricing:
    This trip is for KSU Student who are US Military or Veterans only. Patrons must show their military ID as well as KSU ID upon in-person registration at Outdoor Adventures (SRAC 1050). The cost of the trip is covered by Veterans Services and Nature Bound.

    Trip Information:
    Come join us for a beginner hike at Red Top Mountain State Park! We will be hiking along the Homestead Trail, half of which trails Lake Allatoona. We will get to see some of the most scenic views in the park and enjoy a picnic lunch together.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    This two day, one-night Men's backpacking trip will take us around the beautiful Fall creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. We will hike the first day to our campsite, and finish the loop trail on day two. The trail is dotted with waterfalls, and views.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $115
    KSU Student $130
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $145

    Trip Information:
    Come explore one of Georgia’s most beautiful parks, Cumberland Island! On this trip we will explore the island’s calm beaches and vast landscapes.  We will be camping just walking distance from the beach and nature trail. Who knows, we may see some wild horses!  

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    We will adventure out into the crisp Autumn air and explore Pine Mountain by moon light. This figure 8 shaped trail will open up and offer optimal full moon viewing. The top offers a great view of Lake Allatoona and on a clear night, we may be able to see Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    Join us for a special trip for KSU women. We will be headed to Raven Cliff Falls for a weekend full of fun. We will be backpacking, and along the way we will see amazing views and make new friends. Come join us for our lady's trip.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Join us as we explore the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. It is a prehistoric American Indian site, and we will get the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Indians, as well as see the elite mounds they built. There is a 3.2-mile hiking loop that loops from the Marshy Habitat into the Park's historic areas in which we will climb to the top of the Great Temple Mound to the deep trenches at the Cornfield Mound to the earth lodge. There are other hiking trails throughout the Monument that we will explore.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $40
    KSU Student $45
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $50

    Trip Information:
    Join us as we explore the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. It is a prehistoric American Indian site, and we will get the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Indians, as well as see the elite mounds they built. There is a 3.2-mile hiking loop that loops from the Marshy Habitat into the Park's historic areas in which we will climb to the top of the Great Temple Mound to the deep trenches at the Cornfield Mound to the earth lodge. There are other hiking trails throughout the Monument that we will explore. 

Cycling

KSU Nature Bound Trips

Roll to new destinations with KSU Nature Bound cycling trips! We offer both road bike and mountain bike trips. In a typical beginner road biking trip, we will cover no more than 15 paved miles. On a beginner mountain biking trip, we will cover no more than 5 trail miles. Transportation, bikes, helmets, and other necessary gear are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    Join us in a unique 2-day BIKEpacking experience on the Silver Comet Trail. Participants will be packing what they will need for two days and bike a total of 24 miles. We will be taking a beginner friendly pace on a very flat trail. Any ability/experience level welcome!

  • Pricing:
    This trip is for KSU Student who are US Military or Veterans only. Patrons must show their military ID as well as KSU ID upon in-person registration at Outdoor Adventures (SRAC 1050). The cost of the trip is covered by Veterans Services and Nature Bound.

    Trip Information:
    We will be going to Allatoona Creek Mountain Biking Trail where we will teach students how to properly read a trail and what to look for as potential dangers. A 3 mile ride is to be expected for everyone which will be a mixture of open field and beginner rated trails. After the basics of learning how to maneuver a trail, it is optional for the biker to ride other parts of the trail and test his/her newfound skills.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information: 
    We will be going to Allatoona Creek Mountain Biking Trail where we will teach students how to properly read a trail and what to look for as potential dangers. A 3 mile ride is to be expected for everyone which will be a mixture of open field and beginner rated trails. After the basics of learning how to maneuver a trail, it is optional for the biker to ride other parts of the trail and test his/her newfound skills. 

  • Pricing:
    No Additional Fee

    Trip Information: 
    Join us for a chill afternoon of nature and biking!! We will be biking on the noonday creek trail from the Kennesaw campus. There are beautiful sights to see and it's an amazing opportunity to explore your city!!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Sunday, Oct 28 we will be leaving from KSU to ride the Chicopee trail system in Gainesville, GA. We will start on a beginner trail and then will explore the 21 miles of trails.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information: 
    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.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    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. This trip is for anyone. Want to shred hard? Go out with every group. Want a laid-back relaxing weekend? Take breaks in camp while others are out riding.

KSU Nature Bound TripsRock Climbing

KSU Nature Bound offers two types of climbing - bouldering and top roping. Bouldering consists of free climbing shorter heights or boulders without the use of a rope or harness. Top Rope climbing involves climbing taller rock structures while connected to a rope and harness that is fed through an anchor and attached to a belayer on the ground. 

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    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!!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $60
    KSU Student: $70
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $80

    Trip Information: 
    Come join us as we explore one of the coolest climbing spots in the southeast! We will spend the day learning the basics of top rope climbing, and getting to put what we learned in action as we scale awesome crags. Get ready for a day filled with fun and making new friends!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $25
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $30

    Trip Information: 
    Come cure those winter blues with a visit to Rocktown! We will be exploring a classic North Georgia boulder field and try out a bunch of problems. Join us on a rad little road trip to learn bouldering basics. No experience needed, we'll let you borrow some climbing shoes and chalk and teach you a thing or two for a full day of climbing.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $30
    KSU Student: $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    Stone Fort is the climbing Mecca of the Southeast. Featuring over 200 of the best Sandstone climbs in the world, this Boulder Field will challenge you and give you some easy sends. Join us as we spend two days climbing at Stone Fort, learning boulder techniques and making crag buddies. Don’t be intimidated if you have never climbed before, beginners are welcome!

Paddling

KSU Nature Bound Trips

KSU Nature Bound gives participants the chance to paddle through the waters of adventure! We offer a variety of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and stand up paddle boarding. A typical beginner river paddling trip includes no more than 3 miles of paddling in class one rapids in either a canoe or kayak. A stand up paddle board trip involves a relaxed paddle around a small distance of a body of flat water. Transportation, boats, paddles, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Come join us for a memorable night under the summer stars. Our guides will take you on a tour around the calm waters of Lake Acworth. Discover the beauty of nature at night as we paddle under the glow of the full summer moon and learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding.   

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Get ready to have an awesome day kayaking on the river! We will be river kayaking on a section of the Metro Chattahoochee River through class 1+ rapids! We will have a great time on the water, and an even better time making new friends!  

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Spend the weekend journeying down the Toccoa River, camping on the river banks and exploring the natural world. This is a perfect trip for all skill levels to enjoy a relaxing but fun weekend away from the city. Join us on an adventure that'd make Huckleberry Finn green with envy!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Join us for a relaxing afternoon paddleboarding at Lake Acworth. We'll teach you how to paddle and then go on a small trip around the lake to enjoy the water and wildlife.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Join us for a 16 hour course on the Cartecay River. This is the Level 3 River Safety and Rescue course designed by the American Canoe Association. We will be heading up Saturday morning to get on the river. We will camp nearby that night and be back on the water Sunday morning to finish up the training.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    This smooth river reservoir provides calm waters for beginner stand-up paddleboarders(SUP) and offers stunning surroundings! Come join Nature Bound as we paddle at this peaceful spot. We will paddle for a total of 2 ½ miles and along the journey we will stop for a picnic.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Join us in a pack rafting adventure this Fall. We will be packing our water crafts as we do a beginner hike along the river, upstream to our campsite. We will set up camp and have a fun campfire and games. We will then wake up and raft down the river back to where we started. Come join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $35
    KSU Student: $40
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $45

    Trip Information:
    The middle Ocoee is famous for its raging rapids, beauty and good times had! Oh, and the Olympics were held there. If you want to experience what it's like for yourself, join us for an adrenaline shot and good time as we shred down this spectacular river!

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $10
    KSU Student: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Come join us for a memorable night under the summer stars. Our guides will take you on a tour around the calm waters of Lake Allatoona. Discover the beauty of nature at night as we paddle under the glow of the full summer moon and learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $35
    KSU Student: $40
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $45

    Trip Information:
    We will be taking an expedition down one of the most popular rivers in the area! The Cartecay is a widely known as the place for beginner-intermediate paddlers to hone their skill. We'll be having a river side picnic mid-way down. Sign up for a wonderful day on the river.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Join us on a wonderful coastal trip to Hunting Island! We will spend the weekend kayaking in the ocean, hanging out on the beach, and making new friends. We will be staying at a campsites near the beach so we can hear the waves crashing as we sleep. Don't miss out on this adventurous weekend.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Join Nature Bound for our most exciting river kayaking trip of the year. We will be Hiwassee River for two full days of fun. The first day we will be paddling down the whole river, and on the second day, we will attain the best parts of the river and play around in the water. We will be camping at not too far from the river. This is an intermediate trip and participants will be required to have previously attended a river kayaking trip with Nature Bound.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $45
    KSU Student: $50
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

    Trip Information:
    Join us on a wonderful coastal trip to Hunting Island! We will spend the weekend kayaking in the ocean, hanging out on the beach, and making new friends. We will be staying at a campsites near the beach so we can hear the waves crashing as we sleep. Don't miss out on this adventurous weekend.

Ziplining

Nature Bound Trips Ziplining

  • Pricing:
    This trip is for KSU Student who are US Military or Veterans only. Patrons must show their military ID as well as KSU ID upon in-person registration at Outdoor Adventures (SRAC 1050). The cost of the trip is covered by Veterans Services and Nature Bound.

    Trip Information:
    Join Nature Bound and experience North Georgia like never-before. This will be a trip full of adrenaline and excitement as we soar down the famous routes at Banning Mills. You will experience high-speed zip lines and a good time!

FEATURED TRIPS

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $160
    KSU Student: $175
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $190

    Trip Information:
    Take a walk on the wild side and come backpack one of the most famous trails in the country. We will be hiking over 20 miles on the Appalachian Trail to the Nantahala Outdoor Center and then going whitewater rafting.  This is the perfect trip for beginners or anyone who wants to have a fantastic Labor Day weekend.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $250
    KSU Student: $300
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $350

    Trip Information:
    Big Bend National Park is situated on the southern border of Texas separating it from Mexico by none other than the Rio Grande. Nature Bound is taking a 10-day trip down south to experience the best that the park has to offer, including hiking the most scenic trails, canoeing through the tremendous Boquillas Canyon and star gazing under the vast blanket of the night sky. This a trip for the books! You won't want to miss out!

 

  • 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

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Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017

 

  • Make your purchase at the SRAC in the Outdoor Adventures Suite, #1050 via cash or check. The membership cost is $25 per semester and gives you an opportunity to pursue more #ksuadventures annually. In a semesters time, this membership pays for itself as you attend more and more trips. Memberships are not required to attend trips.


    Nature Bound Membership includes:

    • Nature Bound t-shirt,
    • priority trip registration,
    • 20% off equipment gear rental &
    • an additional 20% off the student trip price.

 

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