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A nonprofit land trust is offering guided hikes in Spanish to help improve Latinx representation on the trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hendersonville-based Conserving Carolina launched its bilingual walk series in June and is planning to host two more treks before the end of summer. 

A 2018 survey of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers shows 95 percent of them are white.   The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is partnering with nonprofits and outdoor groups to get more people of color outside and on the trails.