Wilderness Therapy Program

About Trails Carolina

The Leading Wilderness Therapy Program For Youth

Founded in 2008, Trails Carolina was established to deliver upon a promise: that wilderness therapy combined with clinical excellence could deliver lasting, positive change for families.


Our program is based on three foundational beliefs that guide everything we do:


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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.

Between starting at Trails Carolina and one year after graduation, 84% of adopted students reported an improvement in social problems.


Challenges Strengthen Skills

Trails Carolina, Lake Toxaway and Hendersonville locations, North Carolina, September 1, 2016.

Guided by these beliefs, we’ve developed a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy program like no other. We utilize a challenging wilderness experience, clinical excellence, rigorous academics and a family-oriented approach to treatment that gets results.

Students are able to practice these skills across a variety of environments: wilderness expeditions, equine-assisted therapy, group work, and the classroom. Practicing these transitions in therapy makes it far easier to use these skills long after they leave Trails.

From our base campus to the wilderness, students are able to practice their newfound coping and transition skills. As they face and overcome these challenges, their perspective and behaviors change. They find new confidence and become the best version of themselves.

Real World Opportunities Create Better Outcomes


Resilience is built by reinforcing skills in a variety of environments. We help to aid this process by creating settings that range from equine therapy to more “real world” situations such as the classroom. Our therapeutic, wilderness and academic teams work together to identify teachable moments and broaden our perspective of the student to provide a comprehensive assessment.

Another key element of an effective transition into the home environment is having a family that is ready to heal and has the skills to reinforce the positive lessons developed by the student at Trails. With this in mind, our dedicated family therapists works closely with families to parallel the student’s Trails experience. We work together to address the behaviors your child is struggling with, empower you as a parent, and help everyone within the family to communicate more effectively and diffuse conflicts rather than escalate.

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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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


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