A Leader In Wilderness Therapy

Helping families reconnect, heal, and thrive

Adventure Wilderness Program for Students 10-17

At Trails Carolina, our wilderness therapy program’s mission is to give your child the confidence, coping mechanisms, and communication skills that will help them become the best version of themselves. Throughout our wilderness program, families restore and rebuild their relationship with their child.

We believe that by connecting with nature in a wilderness therapy setting, your child can learn to address their unhealthy behaviors, gain valuable personal insights, and learn important lessons. Free from the distractions and negative influences of everyday life, they can focus on their own personal growth and healing process.

Our multidisciplinary team of caring, expert staff will be there to guide your child along their unique path to psychological and emotional wellness. This journey can lead to a renewed sense of self and a happier, healthier future brimming with opportunity.

Trails Carolina’s wilderness program is dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.
  • Master’s level Therapists

  • Individualized Treatment Planning

  • School with Accredited Academics

  • Flexible Lengths of Stay

  • Aftercare Transition Planning

  • Individual & Group Therapy

  • Family Program & Assessment

  • Weekly Family Treatment Planning

  • Parenting Education Materials

  • Clothing, Gear & Equipment Included

  • Psychological Testing – Optional

  • Equine Programming

Building Resilience Through Wilderness Therapy

Our programming is designed around transitions and healing the entire family. We want your child to practice their newfound skills in a variety of challenging environments, building resilience that will allow them to easily carry these positive behaviors into the real world. At the same time, it’s important that you as a parent are empowered with new approaches to support your child’s success.

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Repairing Family Relationships

Our dedication to family involvement isn’t just a statement. We have a comprehensive family program including a dedicated family coach who helps guide parents and siblings through the healing process.


Education Beyond Academics

Unlike other programs, we don’t make you choose between outdoor coursework and accredited academics in a traditional classroom setting. Students experience multiple academic environments during their time at Trails.

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Proven To Produce Positive Results

In a eight-year independent study of families & students, Trails Carolina was proven to have a measurable and lasting positive impact on student behavior, emotional well being and family dynamics.

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Wilderness Therapy

We believe that a wilderness setting enhances the benefits of therapy


Lasting Change

We believe that practicing and applying the lessons learned in the wilderness to everyday situations promotes lasting change.


Family Involvement

We believe that families benefit from being involved in their child's process.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


Trails Carolina News & Resources

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Trails Carolina Launches Summer Mentor Program for Alumni Students

This unique initiative pairs alumni with new students to serve as peer mentors and provide support and encouragement, fostering growth for all involved.

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Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program Granted 3-Year CARF Accreditation Renewal

This accreditation is a testament to our team's dedication and expertise in delivering transformative wilderness therapy experiences. 

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Empirical Evidence Indicates Nature-Based Therapy Is Highly Effective For Children And Adolescents

98.9% of participants reported continued improved mental health 12 months after graduating from Trails Carolina.

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Trails Carolina Staff Speaks Out About The Wilderness Therapy Program

Hear what our team has to say about their experience working at Trails and the success they've seen in students enrolled in the program.

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Trails Carolina Celebrates 15 Years of Transformative Wilderness Therapy for Youth & Families

"As we move forward, we will continue to innovate and evolve our program to best serve the needs of the entire family."— Graham Shannonhouse, Founder of Trails Carolina

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A Comprehensive Wilderness Therapy Program Combined With Residential Programming, Base Camp And Accredited Academics