Wilderness Trail believes that amazing things happen when you take people out of their comfort zone and place them in the beauty of God's creation. Our main programming takes place in the summer when we take groups of youth on 5-day backpacking journeys on the Appalachian Trail.  Our central themes of servant leadership and being the body of Christ are lived out on the hike and here at our "base camp" during each 7-day event.  

Wilderness Trail has seen that incredible growth can begin with first letting go. As we let go of the worries and thoughts of our daily lives we are then able to begin looking outward. As we lose ourselves in the care of our neighbor we see God in us! 


“The Hiking People”

The Wilderness Trail logo depicts the experience into which we invite youth, families, college students, adults, volunteers, and leaders to live.  Based on Galatians 6:2 – “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” – this image has become for us an image of the Kingdom of God as we go about burden-bearing in small group wilderness journeys.  Walking together, taking Quiet Time, sharing Little Foxes and Holy Grounds, washing one another’s feet, playing in the rain, serving and celebrating secret friends, sharing meals, and trusting the process… this image reminds us to love one another on trail and out in the world.

“Coming up to Trail for the first time when I was 12, I had never experienced so much love and acceptance in my life. It is so easy to be your true self at Wilderness Trail. It is a place of love and fun and laughter and community... This is the place where I can find God even when I feel like I’ve lost him forever.”
— Marianne, Hiking Staff from Asheville, NC