Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Graham Shannonhouse

Executive Director & Founder Of Trails Carolina


Graham Shannonhouse


A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in the wilderness therapy field for more than twenty-three years. After receiving her degree in 1991, Shannonhouse spent 10 years working with a premiere wilderness-based therapeutic program in south-central Idaho. During her tenure, she served three years as a hands-on Field Instructor, three years as Field Supervisor, and the remaining time as Wilderness Program Director. During this period she developed, managed, and served as counselor for the country’s first wilderness program specifically focused on pre-teens ages 10 to 13.

Graham returned to the east in 2002 to serve as Executive Director for a therapeutic wilderness program based in North Carolina, successfully growing it to one of the most respected companies in the industry. In 2008, she resigned from her position to open Trails Carolina. Having an intimate working knowledge of the roots of wilderness therapy, Graham has brought her experience and wisdom to her position as Partner and Executive Director with the goal of integrating the true family work that must be done to insure lasting success.

When Graham isn’t working, she enjoys playing with her two golden-doodles, wakeboarding, running, and mountain biking.

“I formed Trails Carolina with the intention of providing real help for struggling or troubled kids and teens.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our work at Trails is experiencing the joy on the faces of our kids and their families when they get back together at Graduation or/and Family Camp. Our students gain better-coping skills and emotional responses that deliver powerful life-changing results.

Seeing the real-life experiences of the families who come to us for help is the true reward for the dedication and experience of our staff. Creating positive outcomes for our clients is at the center of all the work we do, and we make that happen, day in and day out.

This is why I have chosen this life…to help troubled teens–and their families–make lasting changes. Thank you for your interest in 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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