North Carolina Wilderness Therapy

The Unique Location Of Trails Carolina

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. The mountains provide a serene and peaceful setting that nurtures healing and reflection.

Finding wilderness therapy programs within remote, natural settings close to many major cities can be challenging.

Our location feels remote while still offering easy access to Charlotte, NC (2 ½ hours), Atlanta, GA (3 hours), Greenville, NC (2 hours), and Asheville, NC (one hour). This unique location helps to make us a top wilderness treatment center in North Carolina.


Trails Helps Adolescents, Teens & Young Adults From States Across the Country:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Our Residential & Wilderness Sites

Winding Gap

Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, our Winding Gap base camp offers beautiful views and fresh mountain air.

This home base includes camping sites, classrooms, cabins, and horse stables. Students do traditional schoolwork and experiential learning here.

Sky Valley

Beyond our Winding Gap base camp in Lake Toxaway, we have another base camp called Sky Valley, just a short drive away.

Sky Valley is where students enjoy over 600 acres of land with camping and yurt sites, a science center, and access to Dupont State Forest.


Here, our preteen students form small groups to go on day hikes, engage in adventure activities, and build new skills relating to wilderness survival and self-regulation, all among the beauty of Western North Carolina.

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Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.

Why Choose North Carolina Wilderness Therapy Over Other Programs?

Get A Change Of Perspective

A change in environment is often a necessary step for our students to find successful treatment, healing, and recovery.

We know you are giving everything you can to support your child. But unfortunately, many aspects can contribute to the mental and emotional struggles children and teens experience, including family conflict, school stress, and peer pressure.

We give our students the chance to get outside — literally and figuratively — of the stressors and demands of home and school. When our students move away from the settings in which they've struggled for so long, they can gain a new perspective, reflect upon past behaviors, and work on instilling new, positive habits and mindsets.

The family systems approach of our program is designed to equip our students and their families with the tools and practice needed to support continued healing after transitioning from the Trails experience back to everyday life.

North Carolina Wilderness Therapy

Nature's Therapeutic Power

Spending time in nature can be an integral part of healing the mind and body. The wilderness provides an opportunity for growth and healing that can be difficult to find in other environments.

Being in nature is a unique part of our treatment programs. It allows students to unplug from technology and connect with themselves and others in a new way.


Healing Through Challenge

Our wilderness therapy program removes the temptations, triggers, and familiar comforts of home and replaces them with challenges of a different focus.

During Adventure Week, our students go on wilderness expeditions and engage in team-building activities under the careful guidance of our trained staff.

These unique experiences offer them a chance to develop wilderness skills and practice these skills to complete a milestone task. Students' feeling of accomplishment from this experience can help them overcome low self-esteem and behavioral issues.

The benefits of our wilderness activities, such as increased self-esteem, self-efficacy, and a growth mindset, can significantly benefit your child's overall mental health. The healthy coping strategies that we help your child develop as they face challenges during adventure week give them a foundation for facing challenges with anxiety, attention deficit disorder, addiction, depression, and other aspects of their life.

Family Education & Growth

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.

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

Meet our Primary Therapists

Talk To Our Admissions Team

Our Admissions Team can help if you have any questions, want to learn more about our program, or wish to tour our Winding Gap base camp before enrolling your child in our leading wilderness therapy program.

We are here to support you and your family through this journey.

Transportation Assistance Is Available

The Trails Carolina team can help parents make travel plans for their children.

We offer multiple services that can assist families in transporting their children from home or other therapeutic programs to our base camp in Lake Taxoway, NC.

All of our transportation service partners are trauma-informed.

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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