Jacksonville, Florida Chapter

The Jacksonville Chapter of American Pilgrims covers the general area of Northern Florida. Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, hikes, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling local hikes, talks, potlucks, a lending library of Camino related books, and more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinator Miriam Gallet and Susan Peacock at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. 

Scheduled Events
Contact the chapter at [email protected] to find out what we're doing!

Neighborhood Coffee/Walk Series
Saturday, 13 January, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Jacksonville Chapter's neighborhood walks are held in different areas of Jacksonville. This month we'll meet at Bold Bean Coffee (1903 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207), walk for 4 to 5 miles and return to the coffee shop for some Camino camaraderie. Bring water and sunblock. Walking poles optional.

Neighborhood Coffee/Walk Series
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is one of a series of neighborhood walks held in different areas of Jacksonville. We will meet in the parking lot and walk 5 miles and return to the Eatery for some Camino camaraderie. Bring water and sunblock. Walking poles optional. Please RSVP by noon on 17 January.

Newk's Eatery
4520 Town Center Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Ravine Gardens State Park hike

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 9:00 AM
1600 Twigg Street, Palakta, FL 32177 off US-17. We will meet at the parking lot.

We will meet in the parking lot. Bring water, sunblock, insect repellant and walking poles. Hiking shoes/boots sale strongly recommended. An amazing landscape awaits all. Also, this would be an excellent training hike with backpacks and poles for those training for a camino. There is a fee of $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and cyclists. For more info about the park go to floridastateparks.org/park/Ravine-Gardens
Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at J[email protected]
Chapter talk on "The Italian Way of St. Francis”
Saturday, 24 February, 2018, 1:00 PM

Jax REI: 4862 Big Island DriveJacksonville, FL 32246 (Saint Johns Town Center)

Susan completed this Camino earlier this year and will share her experience. Be sure to register for this most amazing talk via the REI website www.REI.com/Jacksonville and click on classes/events. A bit of trivia - according to official and historical records the beloved saint completed his Camino francés in 1214 and returned to Assisi in 1215.

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at J[email protected]

Little Talbot Dune Ridge Trail Loop
Saturday, 17 March 2018, 9:00 AM
12157 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
The hike winds four miles through five distinct natural communities, including maritime hammock, beach dune, and depression marshes  and finishes its last 1.5 miles with a breathtaking stroll on the sandy beach. Bring water, sunblock and insect repellant. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Backpack/poles are always optional. A fee of $5 per vehicle with a limit of eight people per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists 

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at J
[email protected]

Ongoing Events
One of the purposes of American Pilgrims chapters is to encourage training for the actual Camino. Our North Florida is blessed with many places to walk anytime, year round. 

The Jacksonville chapter has instituted a walking program titled "Second Sunday Strolls". Not only are they great training for the Camino, but they also provide a very informal environment for pilgrims-to-be to chat with experienced pilgrims about their experiences on their Camino. For each walk, we have asked for volunteers to lead the walk and plot the course. This helps us obtain diversity in the type, length and geography of the walk. The walks usually are capped off with a little picnic or a selected bistro (dutch treat). Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
If you are thinking of walking the Camino and are interested in learning more, we can pair you with an experienced pilgrim who can answer your questions on how to prepare and what to expect. Just email us at [email protected] and ask to be connected with a mentor. 

Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino via Facebook for great dialogue, photos, and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims. 

Rev 01/12/18