Nature Bound

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.


Spring 2020 Trip List

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Registration Opens:
January 6 for Nature Bound Priority Program 
  January 13 for Non-Members


Featured Trips

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  • Trip Information: We will be going on weekend ski and snowboard extravaganza in the stunning North Carolina mountains! This trip includes one full day lift ticket and a half day. Get ready for a gnarly weekend! Included in the trip cost: ski/snowboard rental, lift tickets, lodging in a camping cabin with heat and a kitchenette, some meals, and transportation from KSU.

    Location: Beech Mountain, NC

    Experience Level: Beginner - No experience needed

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $250
    KSU Student: $280
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $310

  • Trip Information: This three day, two-night camping and hiking trip will take us around the beautiful town of Helen, GA, where we will explore waterfalls and other scenic hikes. We will be car camping and visiting multiple trails around the area over the course of three days. Beginners welcome!

    Location: Helen, GA

    Experience Level: Beginner - Moderate

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

  • Trip Information: We will be going on weekend ski and snowboard extravaganza in the stunning North Carolina mountains! Friday will consist of travel and a big cabin dinner night (board games are welcomed and encouraged). Saturday we will spend sun-up to sun-down on the slopes; then Sunday we will head home. Get ready for a gnarly weekend! Included in the trip cost: ski/snowboard rental, lift tickets, lodging in a camping cabin with heat and a kitchenette, some meals, and transportation from KSU.

    Location: Beech Mountain, NC

    Experience Level: Beginner - No experience needed

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $200
    KSU Student: $230
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $260

Paddling

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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: The Metro Chattahoochee is the ideal spot for an introduction to river kayaking! Come learn about river features, beginner kayak maneuvers and tactics for scouting rivers, all on a tame and low classed river. Join us for a sunny and relaxing paddle down the river!

    Location: Chattahoochee River - Atlanta, GA

    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $12
    KSU Student: $17
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $22

  • 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 and practicing kayaking skills.

    Location: Hunting Island, SC 

    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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

  • Trip Information: The Metro Chattahoochee is the ideal spot for an introduction to river kayaking! Come learn about river features, beginner kayak maneuvers and tactics for scouting rivers, all on a tame and low classed river. Join us for a sunny and relaxing paddle down the river!

    Location: Chattahoochee River - Atlanta, GA

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $12
    KSU Student: $17
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $22

  • Trip Information: Join us on a beautiful stretch of the Cartecay river. This section is great for an intro to whitewater kayaking. We will be learning more about kayak maneuvers and river features.

    Location: Cartecay River - Ellijay, GA 

    Experience Level: Intermediate

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

  • Trip Information: Spend two days with us on a beautiful stretch of the Toccoa River! Perfect for learning the basics of river kayaking while being exposed to class I and II whitewater. Well explore a seven-mile section of the Toccoa within two days. All while enjoying nature and getting to know one and another at a primitive campsite!

    Location: Toccoa River - Toccoa, GA 

    Experience Level: Intermediate Kayaking/Beginner Whitewater

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $35
    KSU Student: $45
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $55

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 on this road trip to one of the most famous waterfalls in Tennessee! We will be hiking in South Cumberland State Park and taking in the views from the waterfalls there. Beginner friendly!

    Location: Greeter Falls, TN

    Experience Level: Beginner

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

  • Trip Information: Join Nature Bound as we backpack along the Appalachian Trial to the single most popular spot on the Appalachian Trail, Max Patch. We will partake in an evening yoga practice and camp with a 360 view of the North Carolina Mountains. The sunrise and sunset at Max Patch are not one to miss so come along and experience guided yoga sessions with unreal views!

    Location: Max Patch, NC

    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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

  • Trip Information: Join us for a relaxing night on this beginner friendly trail with expansive views. We will be enjoying the magical views on the horizon as well as the beautiful night sky, under the guidance of the stars.  

    Location: Sawnee Mountain Preserve, GA

    Experience Level: Beginner

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

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: 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 a day climbing at Stone Fort, learning boulder techniques and making crag buddies. Don’t be intimidated if you have never climbed before, beginners are welcome!

    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Cost:
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $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 day of climbing at Hospital Boulders! We will spend all day climbing at some classic Alabama sandstone and having a great time at the boulder field.

    Location: Hospital Boulders, AL

    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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

  • 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. Plan for a 2 hour drive each way and up to 8 hours at the location, depending on the group’s energy level.

    Location: Sandrock, AL

    Experience Level: Beginner - No experience needed

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

Caving

A caving trip involves a few hours of guided crawls through caves while learning about rock formations and the history of the cave. Transportation and all necessary gear are provided. 

  • Trip Information: Go spelunking through some of the most well-known wild caves in the south with Nature Bound! We will be taking a three 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. Some crawling is required, but there will be optional routes that get even tighter!

    Location: Howard's Waterfall Cave - Trenton, GA

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Cost: 
    Nature Bound Priority Program: $20
    KSU Student: $25
    KSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $30

  • Must be a current Sports and Recreation Member, or current member of Outdoor Adventures.*
  • Transportation and gear is provided for all trips and included in the trip price.
  • Nature Bound Priority Program available for current students only: $25/semester

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Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017

 

  • Make your purchase at the Student Recreation and Activities Center in the Outdoor Adventures Suite, #1050 via cash or check. The program 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. Being part of the Nature Bound Priority Program is not required to attend trips.


    Nature Bound Priority Program 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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