Raleigh, North Carolina Chapter

Raleigh Chapter sello

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.



"Bi-Monthly Hike: Hanging Rock State Park"
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The next hike for the Raleigh Chapter is Saturday, October 20, on the Five Peaks Trail in Hanging Rock State Park. We're hoping that we'll have a good turnout and be joined by folks from the Charlotte and Western North Carolina Chapters of American Pilgrims on the Camino as well.

Hanging Rock State Park is in Stokes County about 30 miles north of Winston-Salem and about a two hour and 15-minute drive from Raleigh. HERE are driving directions from Raleigh to the park. If you want to carpool with others, please meet in the parking lot of the Cary REI store no later than 7:00 AM. Camping sites are available if you want to stay in the park on Friday or Saturday night (all or almost all of the cabins have been booked that weekend).

We'll gather in the parking lot at the Visitors Center between 9:30 and 9:50 AM and step off at 10:00 AM. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress appropriately for the weather. Under national American Pilgrims on the Camino insurance guidelines, dogs (excepting *certified* service dogs) are not allowed on chapter hikes.

The Five Peaks Trail is just over 10 miles long, is moderately strenuous, has an overall elevation gain of more than 2000 feet including several steep climbs, and takes about six hours to hike. Lets hope for some beautiful, cool but sunny, fall weather. Here is more information about the HIKE and a MAP of the park.

Please COMPLETE THIS FORM no later than 9:00 PM on Friday, October 19 to let us know if youre planning on hiking with us, give us your contact information so we can contact you if the hike is canceled due to weather or you get lost and tell us who else will be coming with you. Well send a confirmation/cancellation email to everyone at 9:30 PM on October 19th.

Email us if you have questions or need more information. All are welcome. Although we encourage it, you do not need to be a member of the American Pilgrims on the Camino to participate. Bring a friend! We hope to see you there.

As of March 2017, under American Piligrms insurance guidelines dogs (excepting *certified* service dogs) are not allowed on our group hikes.

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Chapter at [email protected]

This is the outline of Chapter events for 2018:
Nov 19 - Meeting @ Cary REI
Dec 15 - brunch @ Cary REI

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Chapter at R[email protected].

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 10/01/18