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.

Learn more about our program

Learn more about our program



About Us


Overcoming Challenges

12 months after graduation, 86% of students showed improvement in symptoms of anxiety and depression

Building Resilience

Unfortunately, many therapy programs fail to create lasting change in students once they return to the home environment. While a remote environment can be great to disconnect from negative behavior triggers, it’s important that we prepare your child for their next step.

That’s why 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.

Science Steve is the BEST!
Science Steve is awesome! I wish all schools were like that
The therapists and programming are top-notch and staff (from expedition and field staff to personal therapist Amanda and family therapist Kaitlyn to Med Lindsey to Teacher Liz and Science Steve and Horse Ann) took care of our daughter like she was their own, and I think that takes a dedication that goes well beyond a paycheck.
Antoinette , Parent
Our son LOVED Science Steve! Him and the teachers really helped restore his comfort in the classroom.
Our daughter loved Science Steve!
Karol , Parent
“Trails was a life changing experience for our son and for me. The program instills the core values that we should all strive to live by.”
Tasha M
“I would highly recommend Trails to anyone with a struggling teen.”
Pamela G
“Trails was the hardest and the best thing we could have done for our son.”
Edward J
“I feel a lot more at peace with myself, less guilty about the mistakes I’ve made, and more accepting of the road ahead of me.”
Audrey T
“Your dedication to helping so many young kids and the profound life-changing experience Trails can give is intense but amazing work. The personnel at Trails were responsible, caring, and demonstrated a high level of integrity in a very difficult and stressful time.”
Diane R
“Our family communications have improved by leaps and bounds!”
Francis M
“Trails is an amazing program filled with kind, caring people. You will know your kids are safe.”
Bonnie K
“Your staff is incredibly caring and sensitive. The way that they connect with each student, and their ability to see the good inside is amazing to witness. They clearly love what they do.”
Shari L
“Amazing organization with employees that are highly skilled and devoted to the kids.”
Hunter K
“Nature can heal the body as well as the mind.  I feel that when I was not around nature that I had a super negative attitude towards everything and everybody.  When I got to Trails, because of nature I started accepting things as they are as well as being honest and accountable.”
Spears M
“A tremendous growth experience for our son, very professionally and compassionately done.”
Ralph W
“Trails is a wilderness program of excellence, with individuals throughout the organization who will bend over backwards to help your teen understand the importance of trust, responsibility and accountability."
Elaine B
“I am in awe of the staff here at Trails Carolina. All the staff we met were congenial, cordial, knowledgeable, thoughtful and kind.
Carolyn H
“It impressed me how totally committed each and every therapist is to helping the families. Their compassion and understanding are remarkable.”
Randy W
“Thank you for all your efforts to make a difference in my daughter’s life going forward.”
Eugene G
“The overall change in my daughter was so impressive.”
Kim B
“The therapists and guides were very well trained. I was pleasantly surprised at how compassionate the program and the field guides were. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The Welsh Family
“Equine therapy was a powerful experience. My daughter said that it calmed her. The lovely base camp grounds with horses roaming around set a peaceful tone.”
Roxanne G
“I can honestly say that we are a closer family because of what we learned at Trails. I loved it all!”
Darla W
“We can’t thank everyone enough for the kindness, compassion and great skills each and every one of you gifted us with on this journey.”
Judity W
“If your child is in need and you feel you don’t have the skills alone to help them, Trails can! And they will!!”
Deserae A
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. You took a boy who was a bundle of rage and guided him to see there were other ways to handle the world.”
Susanna M
“Jake got so much from the program that he wants to move to North Carolina, study wilderness leadership and work on the staff at Trails.”
Staci S
“The process is about leaving as a new person who has found ways to stay away from problems.  And by leaving here we will become a better and more mature human being.”
Greer G
“Trails was the best thing I could have done, full of invaluable experiences. Thank you all! We will treasure our experience.”
Rejena B
“Thank you! We are true believers in the power of the wilderness experience and can’t say enough about Trails!”
Luanne G
“I believe that Trails is a rite of passage.  It’s stopping one stage in your life, and helps you to grow and prosper into a beautiful new grown up person.”
former student
“I would highly recommend Trails to anyone who needs their services. It was an excellent program in every way.”
Jennifer O
“I am full of admiration and gratitude for Trails and its staff.”
Stuart R
“I’ve learned I care about my family.  I also learned I should respect others and respect myself. I learned that that can change with a little bit of help.”
Casey K
“I would say that Trails saved our daughter’s life. I saw changes in her at graduation that thrilled my heart.”
Peggy W


Repairing Family Relationships

Our dedication to family involvement isn’t just a statement. We have a comprehensive family program including a dedicated family therapist who helps guide parents & 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.


Prove to produce Positive Results

In a four-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.