Trails Carolina

At Trails Carolina we have brought together the best from wilderness and evidenced-based therapies to create a wilderness therapy program that is clinically driven and family focused.

Trails Carolina is a dual diagnosis facility specializing in the treatment of children ages 10-17 with a wide variety of issues from school refusal to drug and alcohol abuse and everything in-between. Each of our therapists have different areas of expertise which allows us to designate our groups by age, gender and type of issue. Because everything we do is individualized, length of stay looks different from student to student even within the same group.

At Trails, an adolescent develops new skills and resources to address the emotional, social, academic or neurological challenges that brought them to our wilderness therapy program. Throughout the wilderness experience, expeditions are utilized to empower students to make lasting changes.

To support lasting change, transition planning is offered as a collaborative effort of the therapeutic team, the student, the family and aftercare providers.  The end goal of Trails Carolina is to prepare our students and their families for life after Trails.


Trails Carolina has helped me become who I want to be, I would totally recommend Trails!

Jessica, age 14 Trails
JessicaAge 14


Phone: (800) 975-7303



City: Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  60-90 days

Who we Help: Girls and Boys between the ages of 10-17.

Student Profile:

  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School Refusal
  • Family Conflict
  • Adoption & Attachment Issues
  • Trauma

Learn More About Trails Carolina

A Wilderness Therapy Program For Boys and Girls
Graham Shannonhouse
Graham Shannonhouse
Executive Director
Shalene Pierce
Shalene Pierce
Primary Therapist
Jeremy Whitworth
Jeremy Whitworth
Program Director