Raleigh, North Carolina Chapter

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The Raleigh Chapter of American Pilgrims covers Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding area. 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 coordinators Martha Hayes, John Saxon and Grace Bunemann at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. 


If you're not on our e-mail list perhaps you should ask to be added. You'll receive notices of events automatically and won't miss anything that way. Contact us at [email protected].

As of March 2017, under American Pilgrims' Insurance guidelines dogs are not allowed on our group hikes. Naturally, certified service dogs are an exception to this policy.


Contact us through [email protected] to find out what we're up to!

Camino Cafe
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Great News Raleigh Chapter! Some of our wonderful chapter members have offered to host a "CAMINO CAFE" for the group!

Join us for a casual gathering of pilgrims (and prospective pilgrims) for coffee and conversation at the home of Ed & Joan in Cary on Tuesday, February 12. Drop in between 9:30 and 11:30 AM. This relaxed get together is for sharing stories, gleaning information and enjoying some good coffee. Please email our hosts if you plan to attend — the specific address in Cary will be sent to you in reply.

Contact Ed and Joan at [email protected] to RSVP or if you need more information.

Blue Jay Point County Park Bi-monthly Hike
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Come join the Raleigh Chapter for our bi-monthly hike. We will meet at 9:00 and step off at 9:15 AM on Saturday, February 16th. We will meet at Blue Jay Point County Park, part of the Wake County Park system. It is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27614 and easily accessible about four miles north of I-540 off Six Forks Road. When you enter the park stay straight and follow the signs to the Playground/Picnic Area/Open Play Area parking lot near the restrooms. Look for the yellow arrows to the meet-up spot!

The hike will be divided into two sections that total 6.2 miles, so you can opt for both or only one section. We will be going south from the parking lot by Blue Jay Point playground to Six Forks Road (~3.2 miles round trip), and then north from Blue Jay Point playground to Six Forks Road (~3 miles round trip). We will choose which direction to head first when we poll the group. The hike should take about 3+ hours if you do both sections. There is a great educational center at the park that you may want to visit before heading home. Bring some water, a snack and any other hiking gear. Dress appropriately for the weather that day.

You can download your own map of the Blue Jay Point County Park. You can just follow the group since we are hiking from a different central point in each direction. Or you can read about the trail with maps from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail site (we will be hiking in section 10/Day Hike F), or read Mountains-to-Sea Trail detailed description (for section 6 Six Forks Road to Six Forks Road).

Please fill out this form by 9:00 PM on Friday, February 15th. This will allow us to plan, and provide a way to contact you if the hike is canceled due to weather conditions. (A cancellation/confirmation email will be sent out at 9:30 PM on Friday, February 15th.) We look forward to seeing you. Bring a friend!

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Area Chapter at [email protected]

The Chapter's event schedule for 2019:
February 12, 2019–Camino Cafe
February 16, 2019–Hike
March 18, 2019--Meeting
March 28-31, 2019--American Pilgrims National Gathering in Black Mountain, NC
April 13, 2019--Hike *** (second Saturday due to Easter Holiday)
May 20, 2019--Meeting
June 15, 2019--Hike
July 15, 2019--Meeting
August 17, 2019--Hike
September 16, 2019--Meeting
October 19, 2019--Hike
November 18, 2019--Meeting
December 14, 2019--Annual Brunch 

Bi-Monthly Meetings - 3rd Monday of the Month at the REI Cary Store; 7:00-8:30 PM
Bi-Monthly Hikes - 3rd Saturday of the Month at local trails

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 01/31/19