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.


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

Annual Chapter Brunch/Potluck
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Cary REI store community room

Come celebrate the completion of our fourth year as the Raleigh Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino. Share Camino stories, meet future pilgrims, and enjoy some time together. This will be a drop-in potluck, with the Chapter providing paper goods, juices and some basic brunch goodies. Bring something delicious to share, if you would like. It can be Camino themed, or not. REI will be providing freshly brewed coffee.

The REI folks have kindly offered their community room during before store hours. They will have someone at the front door to provide access between 8:30 and 10:00. No reservation is required. Bring a friend! All are welcome. You do not need to be a member of American Pilgrims on the Camino to participate.

Cary REI
1751 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 460-9995

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Chapter at [email protected]

"Boxing Day" Pop-up Hike at Umstead State Park
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 9:00 AM - noonish

Join the Chapter for a special pop up hike in Umstead Park on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas). 
We'll gather in the parking lot at the Reedy Creek Entrance (2100 Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC 27513) at 9:00 am and step off at 9:15 am for a 5.8 mile hike on the Company Mill Trail. Feel free to bring friends or family. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring plenty of water and a snack.

Please complete THIS FORM to let us know if youre planning to join us.

***As of March 2017, under American Pilgrims insurance guidelines, dogs are not allowed on our group hikes. Certified service animals excepted, of course.

Contact [email protected] if you have questions or need 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 12/02/18