Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC-Baltimore, Maryland) Chapter

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of American Pilgrims services the area including Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. The purpose of local chapters 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, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much 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 coordinators Kristin Dawson, Lisa Frederick and Don Shaw at [email protected] with questions. Click HERE to add yourself to our e-mail list.


Signal Knob Trail Hike
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Oh, no! Cancelled again due to inclement weather. Be watching for a reschedule date!

Join the Mid-Atlantic Chapter for a hike up Signal Knob, led by Chapter member Jim Larocca, on October 28 from 9:30 AM to about 4 PM. The round-trip hike distance is a little over 9 miles and the level of difficulty is a mix of moderate and strenuous. This hike should NOT be considered a Camino practice hike: there is an elevation gain of about 1,800 feet, there are long stretches of hiking over rock slides and the 9 miles seems longer than one should expect.  It is recommended that those who hike carry minimal weight, max 10 pounds. Carry only snacks and two bottles of water. This *is* a good hike to test your shoes. Mid-rise shoes are recommended, although trail runners are okay. It can be easy to slip and fall, so hiking poles are essential. Gloves are recommended too. 

If you plan to join us for this event, we request that you sign up HERE.

Directions to trailhead: From I-66, take exit 6 for US-340/US-522 for Front Royal/Winchester. Turn onto US-340S/US-522S/Winchester Road. Go 1.2 miles and take a right on to VA-55W/W Strasburg Road. Go 5.1 miles and take a left onto State Route 678/Fort Valley Road. Go 3.4 miles until you reach the large parking lot on the right. Park here. The trail starts on the right side of the lot. You will see the wooden information board that will mark the beginning of your hike.

Parking coordinates: 38.93503, -78.31956. TrailheadIt is a large parking lot, room for at least 30 vehicles. Bring a packed lunch and if it's a nice day we will picnic at the top on large granite boulders and take in the sweeping panorama to the north, east and west, with a nice view of Front Royal below.

Remember to SIGN UP if you plan to join us.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter welcomes new members to connect with aspiring and returned pilgrims in our region to share experiences and continue the spirit of the Camino at home. The best way to learn about the Camino is to connect with returned pilgrims at one of our monthly chapter events. Events are posted here on our page on the American Pilgrims website, and are also sent out via our e-mail list. 

You can subscribe to our e-mail list HERE. You will know you've subscribed because you will receive a welcome e-mail to your inbox shortly after completing the subscription process. Be sure to whitelist our e-mail address ([email protected]) so that our e-mails do not end up in your spam folder. 

We also offer a Mentor Program where returned pilgrims offer to serve as one-on-one mentors to aspiring pilgrims. You can find out which Chapter members are in our mentor program by subscribing to our e-mail list HERE. After you subscribe, you will receive a welcome e-mail that links to the list of mentors and other information about our chapter.

Another way to connect with returned and other aspiring pilgrims is through our Mid-Atlantic Chapter Facebook group. 

We hope to see you at a Chapter event soon!

Rev 11/29/18