Cost of wilderness therapy programs

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The cost of wilderness therapy

When your child is struggling, it can be extremely difficult for you, as a parent, and the entire family. It can be tough to know where to turn.

At Trails Carolina, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you enroll your child in one of our wilderness therapy programs, you can feel confident that you are investing in expert individualized treatment and mental health care from our team of highly skilled, professional clinicians.

What does our cost of wilderness therapy cover?

We understand the challenges you are facing and the weight of making decisions for your child’s future. With over a decade of producing proven results and positive change in the lives of many struggling teens, children, and their families, we are here to help.

At Trails Carolina, our goal is to provide the most effective and impactful wilderness experience for your child. Our tuition includes:


Therapeutic Programs

  • Individualized Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Clinical Assessment

  • Therapeutic Phase Work

Integrated Academics

  • Accredited Academic Classes

  • Transition Support

  • Transferable Academic Credits

Family Involvement Programs

  • Family Coaching

  • Weekly Parent Education and Support Call

  • Parent Workshop

  • Family Reunification and Graduation Celebration

  • Sibling Support

  • Weekly Mindfulness & Medication/Yoga Classes

  • Alumni Parent Support Calls

Additional Benefits

  • Wellness Programming

  • Mindfulness Exercises

  • Room and Board at Base Camp

  • Nutritious Meals

  • Clothing and Gear for Outdoor Activities

Wilderness Programs & Adventure Therapy

  • Equine Relational Programming

  • Wilderness Therapy

  • Wilderness Expeditions

  • Adventure Programming

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.

Our Admissions Team Is Ready To Help

We understand that for most families, the cost of wilderness therapy is an important consideration when determining the best treatment program for their child. Our Admissions Team has helped make wilderness therapy an accessible option for many families, and they want to help you, too. Give us a call at 800-975-7303 for more information.

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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.

The True Value Of Wilderness Therapy

Although our program does have a monetary cost, the true value that our wilderness therapy program brings to students and their families is priceless. Over the years, thousands of families have seen the life-changing results that our program provides students.

If you’re interested in learning more about the cost of wilderness therapy at Trails Carolina, please contact our admissions team by calling us toll-free at 800-975-7303.

FAQs: The Value & Cost of Therapeutic Wilderness Programs

A: Wilderness therapy is a form of treatment that takes place in the natural environment, rather than in a traditional residential treatment center or therapeutic boarding school.

In the case of Trails Carolina, students become immersed in the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our programs combine research-backed mental and behavioral therapy with outdoor adventures that lead to the positive personal growth of our students.

A: While the immediate benefits of enrolling your child in our program are often seen in improved mental and emotional well-being, reduced risk of substance abuse, and improved behavior, the long-term benefits are just as significant.

Trails Carolina has developed an ongoing outcome study to allow us to better understand the efficacy of our program. Many of our alumni report increased self-confidence, autonomy, and motivation in their lives after completing our program. In addition, they often form lasting friendships and develop a greater appreciation for nature and the outdoors, which can help strengthen healthy relationships within families.

A: Wilderness therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment modality for a variety of issues. We are results-driven at Trails Carolina, and our outcome data speaks for itself.


One year after graduation:

  • 86% of students showed improvement in anxiety symptoms
  • 93% of students showed improvement in depression symptoms
  • 96% of students reported experiencing a decrease in substance use
  • 98% of students reported experiencing a decrease in suicidal thoughts
  • 98% of students reported experiencing a decrease in aggressive behaviors
  • 87% of students felt excited about school.

A: The cost of wilderness therapy programs can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the length of the program, the location, and the type of services provided. Typically, the enrollment fee covers clinical programming for student and family, and equipment. Please see above for a more extensive list of the services and materials covered by tuition at Trails Carolina.

A: At Trails Carolina we offer a flexible payment plan that allows families to pay for the program over time. 

A: Trails Carolina is a proud partner of Sky's The Limit Fund. Sky's The Limit is an organization that has helped nearly a thousand families find the support they need to enroll their children in wilderness therapy programs. For more information, reach out to our Trails Carolina Admissions Team.

A: The average enrollment fee at Trails Carolina is comparable to other wilderness therapy programs and the best residential treatment centers. Unlike traditional treatment centers or therapeutic boarding schools, Trails Carolina has the added value of nature-based programming, which produces positive, research-backed results.

A: The average length of our therapeutic wilderness program is 70-90 days.

A: We serve youths (ages 10-13), teens (ages 13-17), and young adults (ages 18-25) who struggle with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and more.

A: Families are an important part of the wilderness therapy process, and we offer a number of resources to support them throughout their child’s treatment. These resources include weekly parent education and support calls, a parent workshop, sibling support, family reunification and graduation celebration and more.

A: We partner with a number of schools to provide integrated academic programming for our students. Our residential staff includes certified educators to help keep your child on track academically. Students can maintain or even improve their grades while enrolled in our program and earn transferable academic credits.

A: Our admissions team will work with you to determine whether our program is a good fit for your child.

A: The staff at Trails Carolina are highly skilled and experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping our students reach their full potential. Our team includes Licensed Mental Health Professionals, Certified Teachers, Certified Wilderness First Responders, and more.

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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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