Nuwati Trail

#1 of 2 trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park
Nuwati or "medicine" in the Cherokee language follows an old logging road. It's easy and rocky, ending at Storyteller's Rock and a great view of the Boone area. Trail has stream crossings, big-tooth aspens and offers campsites.

2.4 miles Out & Back
Dog Friendly
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(1.2 miles, easy, blue blaze)
This trail follows the track of an old logging road. It's an easy but rocky hike, ending at Storyteller's Rock and a spectacular view of the Boone area. There are stream crossings, a solitary stand of big-tooth aspens and reminders of logging days gone by.


Daniel McKenzie

8 Completed2 Reviews

Definitely wouldn't label this one as easy. Rocky and rooty but fun nonetheless. Definitely climb to the top of storyteller rock for the view.

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Laurie Albanos

2 Completed2 Reviews

Did this hike with my nine year old today and it was awesome. Yes, it's rocky and there are a lot of roots but that made it fun for him. No whining or complaining for the entire trip. We thought we had reached storytelling rock but when we ran into the ranger on the trip back we realized we hadn't. There are several enormous rocks near what I thought was the end of the trail but apparently we hadn't gone fast enough. We ended at a very rocky water cascade that we were apparently supposed to cross and go a bit further. that would be the only part of the trail that might not be "easy" but we will go back and finish it in a few days. highly recommend!

David R.

I'm not sure why people say this is an easy hike up a logging road. This is a rocky trail through Rhododendrons that is beautiful! No logs every came down this trail and should be rated moderate, at least. Very enjoyable and wish we were here just a few weeks later to see all the blooms.

Navigator B

79 Completed79 Reviews

Finally did this one after being near it for 15 years. I hiked it to just explore the area and discover Storyteller's Rock. It is very normal to Cragway, which is a nice logging road. Beyond Cragway, the trail becomes steeper and more adventurous. Four campsites are also situated along that valley, which can often accommodate up to three tents, and have rigging set up for bear bags. Storyteller's Rock is a great outcrop of the Boone Bowl, and a nice scramble after a hike. This is a great backcountry trail to start beginners off in Grandfather Mountain.

Sidney Hall

13 Completed14 Reviews

Bill Watson

704 Completed214 Reviews

Easy but rocky trail up an old logging road to a nice view and campsites. Also access to the Cragway trail that connects to the Scout trail that takes you to top of Calloway Peak. We had a beautiful and cool day starting out and the going is easy but you have to watch your foot placement with all the rocks and roots. Nice view of the valley from the end of the trail.