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      Beautiful setting close to major cities

      Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy and adventure program nestled in the gorgeous, rolling Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Our location is safe and feels very remote, while still offering easy access to Charlotte (2 ½ hours), Atlanta (3 hours), Greenville (2 hours), and Asheville (one hour). This unique location helps to make us a top wilderness treatment center in North Carolina.

      Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, our Winding Gap base camp offers beautiful views and fresh mountain air – the perfect setting to gain the perspective needed to reflect upon past behaviors and work on instilling new positive habits. While on wilderness expeditions, our students experience breath-taking natural terrain including waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and elevations surpassing 5,000 feet – under the careful watch of staff.

      Here the temptations, triggers, and familiar comforts of home are removed and replaced with new challenge and positive influences.

      Beyond our Winding Gap base camp  in Lake Toxaway, which offers a jumping-off point for adolescents to venture into the wilderness, we have another base camp called Sky Valley just a short drive away. Sky Valley is surrounded by 500 acres of wilderness and features a private lake with its own waterfall.

      Contact us today to learn more about our adventure program or to tour our beautiful base camp before enrolling your child at our leading wilderness therapy program!

      Need help transporting your child to Trails Carolina? Our admissions team is available to offer ideas and share information on student transport services.





      The Trails Carolina team is available to assist parents in making transportation plans. There are multiple services available that can assist families in transporting troubled youth from home or other therapeutic programs.