Nature Bound

Mission

KSU Outdoor Adventures Nature Bound Trips

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 2019 Trip List

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Registration Opens: August 19 for Nature Bound Members
August 26 for Non-Members


Featured Trip

Snorkel

  • Trip Information: Join Nature Bound Labor Day weekend for a camping, paddling, snorkeling and mountain biking adventure. We will be camping 3 nights in the Santos campground. Our campground is a prime location for the Santos mountain biking trails. Patrons will also get the opportunity to snorkel in local rivers and kayak around the island of Cedar Key Florida. All levels of experience welcome.

    Location: Ocala/Cedar Key, FL 

    Experience Level: Beginner - Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $100
    KSU Student: $125
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $150

Paddling

KSU Nature Bound Trips
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 paddling trip includes no more than 3 miles of paddling on flat water in either a canoe or kayak. Transportation, boats, paddles, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Information: A weekend filled with river canoeing fun, exploration, and adventure at the beautiful Toccoa 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.

    Location: Toccoa

    Experience Level: Beginner 

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $50
    KSU Student: $60
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $70

  • Trip Information: Lake Acworth is a beautiful and beginner friendly lake. Perfect for flat water excursions to learn the basics of kayaking. Come join as we learn standard kayaking stokes, maneuvers and hang out! We will paddle about 3 miles, eat lunch and play on the sandy beach! 

    Location: Lake Acworth 

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: Explore the beautiful clear waters of Lake Jocassee surrounded by lush green mountains. We will be staying at Devils Fork State Park and will hike for a few hours within the park as well. Beginners welcome!

    Location: Lake Jocassee 

    Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $40
    KSU Student: $50
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $60

  • Trip Information: Spend the day with us on a beautiful stretch of the Etowah River! Perfect for learning the basics of river kayaking. We will spend 7-8 miles kayaking, enjoying nature and getting to know one and another!

    Location: Etowah River 

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information:  Fun in the Sun! We will be spending the day on lake Blue Ridge. We will be kayaking around the lake and taking in the views of North Georgia. The day will be spent learning the basics of paddling, having lunch, and relaxing in the sun.
    Location is subject to change.

    Location: Lake Blue Ridge

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: Hunting Island is known for its driftwood beach, iconic lighthouse and awesome spots for kayaking! We’ll be camping in the state park for two nights while learning the basics of kayaking.

    Location: Hunting Island State Park 

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $50
    KSU Student: $60
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $70

  • Trip Information: A weekend filled with river canoeing fun, exploration, and adventure through the beautiful Okefenokee swamp. This is a great trip for any and all who are beginners or intermediate paddlers looking for an exciting weekend on the water. We will pack all camping gear in our canoes and take it with us as we paddle 5 miles through mixed cypress, bay, and gum swamp to an oak covered hammock. 

    Location: Okeefenokee Swamp

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $50
    KSU Student: $60
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $70

  • 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!
    Location is subject to change.

    Location: Lake Acworth

    Experience Level: Beginner, no paddling experience required.

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

Cycling

KSU Outdoor Adventures Nature Bound Mountain Biking

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. 

  • Trip Information: We will be shredding some mountain bike trails at Allatoona Creek and learning the basics of Mountain Biking. We’ll spend the evening on the trails riding and having fun and then head back to KSU.

    Location: Allatoona Creek

    Experience Level: No experience needed! Beginner to advanced welcome. 

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: Are you wanting a fun new way of exploring downtown Atlanta, but want to help the environment by not burning gas? Join us for a beginner friendly road bike trip on the Atlanta beltline! The Atlanta beltline runs through downtown Atlanta and offers a friendly environment that promotes health and fitness. You won’t even feel like you’re in the city!

    Location: The Beltline

    Experience Level: Beginner. Be prepare to bike around 4-6 miles on a mostly flat paved trail.

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • 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 Blankets Creek.

    Location: Blanket's Creek

    Experience Level: No experience needed! Beginner to advanced welcome.

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: This will be a two-day mountain biking adventure to Forks Area Trail System, South Carolinas premiere 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. Any and all experience levels are welcome. Want to shred hard? Go out with every group! Want a more laid-back, relaxing weekend? Rest up in camp between rides. 

    Location: FATS, SC

    Experience Level: Beginner- Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

 Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking and Backpacking
A typical beginner hiking trip includes a hike in and out of the woods lasting between 5 - 8 miles. A typical backpacking trip involves hiking about 5 - 10 miles into the woods while carrying all camping gear in backpacks, spending the night camping, and hiking 5 - 10 miles out of the woods the next day. Both types of trips offer scenic views and great company!

  • Trip Information: Join us to view the cascading waterfalls and catch a beautiful summer sunset at Cloudland Canyon State Park! We will have a picnic to catch the sunset and even stargaze if the conditions are right.  Difficulty Rating/Experience needed: Beginner/Moderate

    Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park

    Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: Come join us for a weekend backpacking excursion in the Cohutta Wilderness of Georgia! From climbing mountains to crossing rivers, and seeing waterfalls, this is a trip you do not want to miss out on. So, pack your bags and join us for some fun!

    Location: Cohutta Wilderness

    Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $30
    KSU Student: $40
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $50

  • Trip Information: Join us as we explore the 4.4 mile out and back trail at Yonah Mountain. 

    Location: Yonah Mountain

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: This two day, one-night backpacking trip will take us around the scenic foothills of Roan Highlands, North Carolina. We will hike the first day to our campsite, and hike out the same way we came in the second day. The trail passes over a couple flat open hills including Round Bald, which has a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

    Location: Roan Highlands, NC

    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

  • Trip Information: This two day, one-night 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 beautiful waterfalls and plenty of views!

    Location: Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN

    Experience Level: Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

Climbing

Rock Climbing

We offer 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.

  • Trip Information: Join Nature Bound for some exciting sends at the legendary Sandrock in Alabama. We will learn how to rock climb using ropes and have fun hanging out on these beautiful sandstone cliffs. We will also camp near the cliff face.  

    Location: Sandrock, AL

    Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate 

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

  • Trip Information: We will be exploring an Atlanta 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. 

    Experience Level: No experience needed!! Beginners encouraged! 

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $8
    KSU Student: $13
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $18

  • Trip Information: Spend a full day top roping at Sandrock with the assistance of a professional guide.

    Location: Sandrock, AL

    Experience Level: No experience needed!! Beginners encouraged! 

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

  • Trip Information: We are going to be bouldering at one of the best climbing spots in the south, Stonefort! We are going to be learning basic bouldering technique, safety standards, and crag navigation. This will be a great opportunity to learn new skills for beginners or to test your limits for experienced climbers!

    Location: Stonefort, TN

    Experience Level: Beginner, no experience needed 

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Member: $15
    KSU Student: $20
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $25

  • Trip Information: Are you suffering from an absence of bouldering? Then join Nature Bound for a weekend of climbing at Hospital Boulders! We will spend 2 days climbing at some classic Alabama sandstone and having a great time at the boulder field.

    Location: Hospital Boulders, AL

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $20
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

  • Trip Information: The Red River Gorge is a place of truly inspired climbing. With routes put up by famous climbers such as Lyn Hill and Adam Ondra. We will be hiking through the magnificent natural arches and rock shelters of the gorge and climbing some fantastic routes.

    Location: Red River Gorge, KY

    Experience Level: Some roped climbing is preferred. 

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $100
    KSU Student: $125
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $150

Caving 

  • 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.

    Experience Level: Open to anyone!

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Member: $25
    KSU Student: $30
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $35

 

  • 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
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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