One of our very favorite places to camp is at Storyteller's Rock. We spend a lot of time camping and traipsing all across the back side of Grandfather Mountain. Storyteller's Rock is a perfect spot nestled deep in the wilderness to connect with nature and just be.
To access the trail leading to Storyteller's Rock we parked in the Boone Fork Parking Area at mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The entire hike in is about 2 miles one way. You will pick up the Nuwati Trail a little way in and follow this trail, an old logging road, about 1.2 miles from the trial head the rest of the way up to Storyteller's Rock. Follow the blue blazes. In the Cherokee language Nuwati mean medicine. As you travel this trial you will feel you spirit healed for sure!
You will need to pick up a permit at the Trail Head whether you are camping or hiking.
There are so many beautiful creek crossing along the trail.
Don't be startled if you hear some rustling in the woods nearby... It's likely just a deer but just in case be prepared for bears too! You are in Bear Country!
Storyteller's Rock campsite is nestled at the base of a rock outcropping and has a fire ring and an elevated tent pad. Perfect for a night out ;)
There are also plenty of water sources on the way up and nearby.
After the hike in and the site set up the sun had set and we were ready to relax by the fire!
The night was long and WINDDDDDDDYYYYY.... We laid awake listening to the wind swirl and howl through the Boone Bowl and all at once we were terrified hearing a great crack and crash. Fortunately this tree did not come crashing down on our tent!! It was close though! Yikes!
In the morning we climbed up to the top of the rock, breathed in the freshest air, took in the amazing views of the Boone Bowl, enjoyed a morning cup of coffee with breakfast and sat quietly to listen to the stories that Grandfather Mountain would tell.
Our tent below, as seen from above :)
Oh my gosh just writing about this spot makes me want to go back right now!! We love this place so much! It is the perfect little hide away in the woods!