Yancey County High Point Trip Report

Mt Mitchell (6,684 ft)

Date: June 19, 2002
Author: Dale Millsap

This was an interesting experience, to say the least. I arrived at the turnoff from the Blue Ridge Parkway at 9:00 PM. The sign says the park closes at 9, but I drove up anyway. Just 1 mile shy of the summit, the gate was closed. I parked and walked to the tower and the Dr. Mitchell memorial. On my way down, a ranger drove up and gave me a pretty hard time, but softened a bit when I told her about my epic afternoon drive. She encouraged me to come back in the light sometime. She gave me a ride back to my car, and I drove on to Mooresville, NC, arriving at my hotel about midnight.