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Column: Stop and enjoy the scenery on steep hills, your brakes will thank you
Rudi Kiefer
Descending US 441 from the Great Smoky Mountains to Cherokee, there’s a set of steep hairpin curves. After the last 180-degree turn, it’s a mostly straight 4-mile run from 4,000 feet of elevation to 2,700 feet at the Kephart Prong Trailhead. Near the trailhead you’ll notice a weird metallic burnt smell.