**Abstract:** Generalizing results of Ancona for hyperbolic groups, we prove that a random path between two points in a relatively hyperbolic group (e.g. a nonuniform lattice in hyperbolic space) has a uniformly high probability of passing any point on a word metric geodesic between them that is not inside a long subsegment close to a translate of a parabolic subgroup. We use this to relate three compactifications of the group: the Martin boundary associated with the random walk, the Bowditch boundary, associated to an action of the group on a proper hyperbolic space, and the Floyd boundary, obtained by a certain rescaling of the word metric. We demonstrate some dynamical consequences of these seemingly combinatorial results. For example, for a nonuniform lattice G in hyperbolic space H^n, we prove that the harmonic (exit) measure on the boundary associated to any finite support random walk on G is singular to the Lebesgue measure. Moreover, we construct a geodesic flow and G invariant measure on the unit tangent bundle of hyperbolic space projecting to a finite measure on T^1H^n/G whose geodesic current is equivalent to the square of the harmonic measure. The axes of random loxodromic elements in G equidistribute with respect to this measure. Analogous results hold for any geometrically finite subgroups of isometry groups of manifolds of pinched negative curvature, or even proper delta-hyperbolic metric spaces.