The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
“Many of us, especially in the Southeast region, are the first generation raised fully in the United States. Our parents didn’t recreate on these trails, so we didn’t get to recreate on them when we were little either. But now we are, and now we have the right to feel like we belong here, too, especially knowing that we’re giving back to these trails. I will never see a trail the same again after having this volunteer opportunity." -Luz Lituma, co-creator of LatinXhikers