Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Christy Ralston

Residential Team


Christy Ralston

Operations Director

Christy’s passion for outdoor programming began in college where she earned a degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership. 

She began working in the outdoor field as a backcountry ranger in Upstate New York and gained experience in search and rescue, emergency systems, and risk management. She started working in the wilderness therapy field in the early 2000s in the field and eventually found herself drawn to the administrative side.

Over the years she has held several operational roles in various wilderness therapy programs and brings valuable experience to her role as Operation Director at Trails Carolina. 

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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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