Nature Bound

Mission

Nature Bound Mountain Biking

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.


Spring 2019 Trip Schedule

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Priority Registration begins January 7 for all Nature Bound members. Priority registration must take place in person at the Outdoor Adventures Suite (SRAC 1050).
Online registration will begin January 14.

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 $10
    KSU Student $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $20

    Trip Information:
    Beautiful Mountains and beautiful views. Join us for the day as we hike Sawnee Mountain. But in order to get there, one must hike on the 4 mile Indian Seats loop trail! Come along as we explore one of the highest peaks in Metro- Atlanta. We will even see an abandoned mine along the way. 

    Ability Level: No experience needed, beginner friendly! 

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

    Trip Information:
    Join us as we adventure on the magical Appalachian Trail with other KSU Women! We will be spending two days following the famous white blazes, hiking 10 miles of the Georgia section from Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap. This trip will be a great time making memories and friends, while getting to experience the joys of backpacking!

    Ability Level: Beginner / No experience needed! Plan to hike 10 miles over two days.

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound member: $10
    Sports & Rec Student Member: $15
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni Member: $20

    Trip Information: 
    We will adventure out and explore Pine Mountain in Cartersville by night and reach the top to watch the moon rise. The top offers a great view of Lake Allatoona on a clear night. Pine Mountain is in Cartersville, just 20 minutes from campus. We will be leaving Kennesaw campus at 6pm. We will offer transportation back to Marietta campus after the trip.

    Ability Level: No experience needed 
  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $30
    KSU Student $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    Trip Information:
    Catch the fresh spring breeze in the mountains of North Georgia! This is a two-day hike in the Cohutta Wilderness known for its old wood forests and isolated trails. We’ll experience a cascading waterfall, stellar views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the blossoms of spring!

    Ability Level: Beginner / No experience needed! Plan to hike 14 miles over two days.

 

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:
    Come cure those winter blues with a visit to the Palisades! 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. 

    Ability Level: No experience needed!! Beginners encouraged! 

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $25
    KSU Student: $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $40

    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. We will be camping just 10 minutes away and will have a chance to climb both Saturday and Sunday. Transportation, equipment, instruction, and some meals are included in the trip price.

    Ability Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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: $35
    KSU Student: $40
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $45

    Trip Information:
    We will be paddling an epic section of the Cartecay River! This section is the perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking. We will paddle through up to class 2+ rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic along the bank. Guides will be teaching basic kayaking skills the entire trip.

Ski Trips

Nature Bound Trips Snow Skiing

  • Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $210
    KSU Student: $230
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $250

    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 and playing games.

    Ability Level: Beginner, no experience required.

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

    Trip Information:
    Feeling bogged down by all of your assignments and tests? Join us for a relaxing day trip to the most diverse river east of the Mississippi! We will be snorkeling the beautiful Conasauga River, home to a diverse array of fish, salamanders, turtles, and tadpoles. We will spend the day snorkeling and have a picnic lunch together. Snorkels and wetsuits will be provided. You won’t want to miss out on this experience!

    Ability Level: Beginner, no experience required

Snorkeling 

KSU Outdoor Adventures Snorkel Trips

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

    Trip Information:
    Feeling bogged down by all of your assignments and tests? Join us for a relaxing day trip to the most diverse river east of the Mississippi! We will be snorkeling the beautiful Conasauga River, home to a diverse array of fish, salamanders, turtles, and tadpoles. We will spend the day snorkeling and have a picnic lunch together. Snorkels and wetsuits will be provided. You won’t want to miss out on this experience!

    Ability Level: Beginner, no experience required


  • 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

#ksuadventures

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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