We did Mt.Rogers last friday, it was a great trip, thanks to all on this board that gave advice.
Another question, the BRP Closure between Route 80 and Mt. Mitch made it hard to get from Boone to Mt. Mitchell. We ended up taking 80 north and made our way up a dirt road off of 197 through Dillingham and coming onto the parkway near Craggy Gardens. Are there any other, out of the way dirt roads that would have gotten us to Mitchell faster (more fun)? From the Mitchell tower I thought I saw a dirt road maked as an old rail bed south-east of the mountain.
I'm always looking for a fun way to get places, darn traditional detours!
You really took the scenic route. You almost circumnavigated the mountain. I have never driven that route because its way out of the way. The 2 roads from the South Toe River valley (Neals Creek and South Toe) are currently closed. They split short of the campground. Neals Creek goes straight up to the parkway and should be open in July. South Toe passes by campground, also going up to parkway, and is not scheduled to open until next summer. (The parkway south of NC 80 opened today which is easier then the dirt roads listed above.)
The parkway up on Humpback Mt/Chestoa View (just south of US 221) is closed until next spring at earliest. It must have really washed out, though the mountain is pretty steep heading up from 221 to Chestoa View. From north or west of mountain I suggest going to Asheville, out US 70 by the VA, to parkway then north to the Craggies and Mitchell. More scenic, but maybe more time is US19/19E to NC 80 to parkway and south to Mitchell. I was up a few weeks ago and it took about 45' from US 70 to SP entrance.