Hiking Buddy?

I grew up in the Appalachian mountains (NC) and it's always been a given I would take the hike at some point. I have recently started putting together a pretty intensive bucket list and the trail obviously made it on. I want to do this soon, but the first step is to find a buddy or buddies to go with. Obviously hiking alone would not be a very safe decision for me, but I also don't want to bring the distracting qualities of relationships (whether it's family or friends) along. This trip for me will be about freedom and discovery. Any suggestions on how I can find someone safe and friendly to adventure with me?
SFaith SFaith
18-21
May 24, 2012