The plan was to drive directly to Mt. Mitchell from Mt. Rogers via the Blue Ridge Parkway but the road was closed before Mitchell and I was required to approach Mitchell from the Asheville side. Finally circling around, the BRP was closed out of Asheville. I was informed at the Folk Art Visitor Center that the road was under repair from winter slides, but there was a back road to Mitchell if I had to get there. Town Mountain Road comes out on the Parkway just below Mitchell, from there it was a short drive and easy walk to the summit. The views from the tower on the top of Mitchell were impressive. After a nice stay on the top I returned to the parking lot and figured there was still time to hit Clingmans Dome before dark. With the road closures it was 190 miles from Rogers to Mitchell.