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!

¡Camino Coffee!
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Join the Raleigh Chapter for a casual gathering of pilgrims (and prospective pilgrims) for coffee and conversation at the home of Ed & Joan in Cary on Tuesday, April 9th. 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.

Contact Ed and Joan at [email protected] for the specific address in Cary and if you have questions or need more information.

Hike in Umstead State Park
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617

13 Miles on April 13th at Umstead State Park
Bi-Monthly Chapter Hike
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join the Raleigh Chapterfor a 13-mile Umstead "Camino" hike on April 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Hiking both the Sycamore (7.2 miles) and the Company Mill Trails (5.8 miles) at Umstead State Park will give those who are planning to walk the Camino (and others) a chance to test all your gear and check all the tweaks in your body. The only thing missing will be the café con leche midway through the day--so bring something to eat and drink.

We will make a figure eight loop, beginning with the Sycamore Trail, connecting with the Company Mill Trail for a total of 13 miles. We will be stepping on the trail at 8:00 AM. And it should take about 5 to 5.5 hours. If 13 miles is too ambitious for you, at the trail connection juncture, you will have the option of returning to the Sycamore Trail parking lot. That would allow for a hike of only 7.2 miles, taking about 2.5 to 3 hours.

We will meet at 7:45 AM at the Sycamore Trailhead. Enter by the Crabtree Creek entrance off of Glenwood Ave/US 70. Go past the ranger station and past the first parking lot and restrooms. Park at the end of the road near the Potts Branch and Sycamore trailheads. Look for the yellow arrows to the meet-up spot near the picnic shelters. Umstead State Park Map.

Register for the hike with the number of folks in your party, and the distance you will be walking by 6:00 PM on Friday, April 12th, This will allow us to plan, and provide a way to contact you should we have to cancel the hike due to weather conditions. A confirmation/cancellation email will be sent out at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 12th to all those who register for the hike.

All are welcome! Although we encourage it, you do not need to be a member of the national American Pilgrims on the Camino to participate. We look forward to seeing you, and bring a friend!

Sorry, no dogs allowed! Contact [email protected] if you have questions or need more information.

Packing Party Pop-Up Event
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Join other Camino pilgrims and pilgrims-to-be for an informal packing party. This will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 2:00 TO 4:00 PM. We will meet at the home of Martha Hayes, Raleigh Chapter co-chair.

Bring your pack and all gear you are considering for your Camino. If you have a scale for weighing, please bring that along, too. When you submit your registration, directions to her house will be emailed to you.

The Chapter's event schedule for 2019:
May 14, 2019 -  Camino Cafe, Panera Bread, Raleigh 
June 11, 2019 -   Camino Coffee, with Ed and Joan  
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 04/04/19