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
What will be your next #ksuadventure?
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
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.
February 9 • Hiking | Sawnee Mountain
Nature Bound Member $10
KSU Student $15
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!
February 23-24 • Women's Backpacking | Appalachain Trail
Nature Bound Member $30
KSU Student $35
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.
March 19 • Hiking | Pine Mountain Full Moon HikePricing:
Nature Bound member: $10
Sports & Rec Student Member: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni Member: $20
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
April 27-28 • Backpacking | Panther Creek Falls
Nature Bound Member $30
KSU Student $35
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 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.
January 20 • Beginner Bouldering | Palisades
Nature Bound Member: $10
KSU Student: $15
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!
February 16-17 • Boulder + Camp | Hospital Boulders
Nature Bound Member: $25
KSU Student: $35
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
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.
April 13 • River Kayaking | Cartecay River
Nature Bound Member: $35
KSU Student: $40
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.
February 22-24 • Ski Trip | Beech Mountain
Nature Bound Member: $210
KSU Student: $230
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.
March 2 • Ski + Snowboard Trip | CataloocheePricing:
Nature Bound Member: $30
KSU Student: $40
We will be going on a one-day ski trip to Cataloochee Mt. This is a perfect time to try skiing or snowboarding. We will be traveling to Cataloochee Mt. to shred some snow and then head home all in the same day. If you have always wanted to try it, this is your chance. Come spend an awesome day with us on the mountain.
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
Become a Nature Bound Member today
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.