The fourfold purpose of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association is to:
- Represent and promote the welfare of the Appalachian long distance hiking community;
- Provide service in a cooperative spirit with other Appalachian hiking organisations;
- Provide education on the use and preservation of Appalachian long distance trails;
- And provide opportunities for interaction and camaraderie within the Appalachian long distance hiking community.