Roanoke Mountain has been closed to vehicles for several years. (There was a mudslide on the down side of the hike which made it impossible for cars to drive.) We parked our car at the Gum Spring Overlook, which is at the end of the Mill Mountain spur, before crossing over to the BRP. Roanoke Mountain has been a treasured spot for the Blue Ridge Marathons as well as photographing that gorgeous sunset! Roanoke Mountain Loop Road is best explained in this highlighted link! The day's temps were in 50's but the wind made it appear a bit chillier. Roanoke Mountain is a treasure. It is worth the trip! A 2015 blog written in October with all of the beautiful fall color is included here: Oct 26, 2015 Roanoke Mountain HAPPY THANKSGIVING, YALL!