State Route Highway 165 near State Highway 68
The city speed limit is 40 MPH and is reduced upon entering the Cherokee National Forest to 30 MPH for the next 22 miles. There are only two signs with one of them facing one direction 14 miles up from the city, the other just upon entering the Forest. Curves are listed at 35 MPH at points. Before entering North Carolina from Tennessee there is a reduce speed ahead sign . The speed limit for N.C. is 45MPH. That would indicate that Tennessee speeds are in excess of 45 MPH. They are not! These are Federal tickets and are up to $500.The road can be safely and easily traveled in speeds in excess of 55 MPH.The elevation change is from about 2000 feet to around 4600 feet at the top.Bikes are supreme targets since this section of road is part of the famous "Dragon".
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