Bringing The Spirit of the Camino to
Asheville, North Carolina
One Sunday in September, 2016, Ashevillians Isaiah Mosteller and Kim LaViolette set out on a 16-mile route they plotted through the city of Asheville in order to prepare for their upcoming 500-mile walk on the Camino de Santiago (an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain). They invited friends to join them along the way--to walk with them, to share a cup of coffee, or a meal.
Camino de Santiago veterans living in the area loved the idea, and the Asheville Camino was born.
Walked by over 275,000 people in 2016, the Camino de Santiago is an experience unlike any other. People from over 160 countries step onto one of multiple routes across Europe each year. They meet each other along the trail, or during coffee breaks at local bars, or across dinner tables in towns along the route. They share their stories with people they may never see again--or with people who may one day become lifelong friends.
In this spirit, the Western North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino welcomes you to our city. We invite you to meet our citizens along the trail, enjoy coffee at one of our cafes, stop for lunch in one of our eateries, and even meet some local Asheville pilgrims. In Spain, the Camino ends at the medieval cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. In Asheville, your journey ends at our St. Lawrence Basilica.