Accreditations & Memberships

Accreditations and Memberships

Trails Carolina has accreditations and honors from some of the leading organizations in our industry. These organizations audit our program, provide best practices and help families feel confident that Trails is providing high-quality care.

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Since our inception, Trails Carolina has evolved to serve the growing needs and numbers of struggling young people. Throughout that time, NATSAP and its members have been working with their state legislatures to ensure the appropriate licensure and regulations exist to serve the needs of children and adolescents.

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The Better Business Bureau is a trusted leader that sets standards for marketplace trust and encourages best practices by educating businesses. The BBB’s mission is the create a marketplace of trustworthy establishments. We continue to adhere to the BBB’s suggested practices and create a trustworthy environment for students and their families to get the help they need. According to the Better Business Bureau, Trails Carolina is an accredited business with an A+ rating.

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Trails Carolina is unique among wilderness programs in that our academic curriculum is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancEd. This not only ensures that our academics are high quality but also ensures the successful transfer of coursework to a student’s home school. The Cognia teams regularly perform on-site reviews to ensure we maintain high instructional standards.

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The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council is an institution that promotes program standards, ethics, and risk management. OBH also conducts outcome research on the efficacy of wilderness programs. Members of this council are committed to using therapeutic interventions and outdoor activities to assist troubled youth and their families to make positive changes.

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Trails Carolina is proud to be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. By obtaining this license Trails Carolina is registered and accredited within the state to provide services to families. We pride ourselves on adhering to strong operating, hiring, and field practices. At Trails, we have created a challenging hiring process that ensures all employees are hand-selected and also uphold all of our licensure agreements.

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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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Comprehensive wilderness therapy program combined with a residential treatment base camp and accredited academics