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Nuwati Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banner Elk, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 551 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. 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.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Easy trail with some nice views at the end at Story Teller Rock. Also many options for different trails.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Pleasant trail with a steady but not difficult incline. We went after a light rain, but the trail wasn’t super muddy. The final bit to the view is a tricky scramble up rocks, which were slick, but most of the trail is easy.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

This was an excellent trail to do with kids! Loved every minute!

We started at the Boone Fork Parking (get there early for parking on a nice day), went up Nuwati to Storybook Rock, which we couldn’t see anything because it was raining, but it was an easy trail. Lots of stream crossings that were manageable and our feet didn’t get wet. It’s been raining a lot and poured on us, but the trail was manageable. Then went went up Cragway, which was very muddy, big puddles and slick, but manageable. I would say it’s moderate to hard, but not strenuous if you exercise. I wouldn’t do it while raining. Flat Rock was not much of a view with spring growth, so that was a bit disappointing, but you got some nice views on the outcrop going up. Then back down Boone Scout, which was easy. Overall, a nice hike for when it’s too slick for harder trails.

hiking
20 days ago

Very cool! The trail is pretty rooty, so just be very careful and don't drag your feet!

backpacking
rocky
21 days ago

Backpacked down to Storyteller's Rock and set up camp right below at the campsite of the same name. Easy access to water and a great cable system for hanging your bear bag. Trail is rocky with many roots protruding, so watch your step, especially when wet. Easy hike with a great view.

hiking
21 days ago

rainy day but it was beautiful we be back to hit the other trails

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail with plenty of markers. They are blue and on the trees. The climb to the view is just that a climb. Haha! But worth it. Definitely a nice hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Dog-friendly. The scramble at the end of the trail to get to the view is well worth it. A bit slippery in the rain, which is to be expected.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with lot water crossings. It is a bit harder than moderate due to roots, rocks and climbing rocks to see the last view. It was very muddy due to all the rain lately. I highly recommend hiking boots. Enjoy this beautiful trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is open and in good condition. NC parks has worked hard to improve it's condition and it looks better than it has in 40 yrs.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike on the lower slopes of Grandfather Mountain with a handful of stream crossings. Some of it is rocky but nothing like you’ll see higher up. Take the time to climb up Storyteller’s Rock at the end for some great views across the valley toward Flat Rock and Calloway Peak beyond. Several camping locations too.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Great trail - Relatively easy walk to storytellers rock with plenty to look at and several stream crossings. Beautiful views from the rock looking up the mountain and across the small valley you hike up. Did this hike Christmas Day and there were several families on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent short hike, great view at story tellers rock. Great for pets and kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy access with generous parking. Substantial bridge over creek provides great early reward, then long hike through the woods, gradually getting rockier with mix of good camping and stopping spots. Creek crossings heavier near the end, then great reward for climbing the much more challenging final but short climb up to Storytellers Rock.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail! Well kept.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Trail is now open!!! Signs say permit required, but that is just to camp. A bit rocky at times, but overall great. It’s a steady incline with nothing too steep. A few stream crossings but are easily done without getting your feet wet. Storyteller’s Rock has amazing views! Well worth the hike up. There’s some great campsites for primitive camping also, but a permit and reservation is required.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is now open!

closed
Tue May 28 2019

still closed 5/27/19

Thu Apr 18 2019

4/18/19 Still closed

hiking
closed
Thu Feb 14 2019

Still closed 2/14/19

Fri Jul 20 2018

Closed due to storm damage.

hiking
Thu Jul 05 2018

This was a great little trail to pick up over summer. You're well-covered most of the way under a tree canopy that sometimes closes in to be charming and cozy. The trail itself is mostly uphill and peaceful. There's camping at the end (including a rope line to put your food out of reach). My biggest complaints are the folks who hike in with four itty bittys and a 16oz bottle of water to share between the lot of them, and the utter ambiguousness of the trail ending. It ditches into a series of small campsites, but has no definite end. I ended up traipsing around the woods trying to figure out if there was a view I was somehow missing, before giving up and scrambling up a few rock faces. The views were pretty decent, though challenging to track down. I *strongly* suggest that if you have the time (and energy, snacks, and water), that you take at least a half mile jaunt up the Cragway Trail (you can access it a little ways back from the end of the Nuwati). The Cragway is steep, narrow, and strenuous, but the views even a little ways up are fantastic. If you're feeling ambitious, you can keep going until you hit the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, take a left, and you'll loop all the way back to the start of the Nuwati (I obviously suggest looking up that route on AllTrails so you're not going in blind).

Mon May 14 2018

Took about 1.5 hours round trip with some rest breaks. Wouldn’t call it easy - some flat spots but mostly steady incline. Coming back was a breeze, all downhill. The payoff view is great but you really do have to climb up some rocks to get to it. Reco hiking boots or shoes rather than sneakers but it’s still doable.

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

Went with my husband and our two doggos. It was tough in some areas with the dogs on a leash. I wouldn’t say this is an easy trail. Especially when you get to the end it’s pretty rocky and steep. I wore tennis shoes and I definitely should have worn real hiking boots with real tread. It was a really fun hike though & I would do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
Tue Nov 28 2017

Beautiful- uphill one way, but slight- bridge over beautiful creek, goes to a huge rock you can climb to the top to for beautiful views. Probably about an hour 10 mins there and back walking casually.

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