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Gateway to the Smokies

The Podcast That Starts Your Smoky Mountain Adventure

Gateway to the Smokies is a podcast dedicated to memorable experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Western North Carolina, and East Tennessee. This is not a travel tip show, though you will undoubtedly learn some good tips, it instead features personalities, experts, and locals who will expound upon the richness of culture, food, history, and adventure that awaits people who want to explore deeply this ancient mountain habitat where communities have existed for 3000 years.

 

The podcast is hosted by Joseph Franklyn McElroy, who was born and raised in Haywood County, NC, the original “Gateway to the Smokies”, and whose family immigrated to the Smoky Mountains in the early 1800s. Each episode will feature a folktale or myth that sets the stage for the rest of the podcast, followed by guests who will enrich the listener with insights, experiences, and adventures gained from their life in and studies of the Smokies. At the end, Joseph will tie in annual events, places, experiences and adventures that relate to the overall theme of that episode. 

The themes and travel experiences expressed on the podcast are explored further on Joseph’s blog Smokies Adventure and his Smoky Mountains destination hub on Where Traveler Magazine. For authentic Smoky Mountain experiences, visit Joseph's classic roadside motel - the Meadowlark Motel - Your Smoky Mountain Adventure Starts with Where You Stay.

2022/05/17 - Lyric Mountain and Woodsong Songwriting Retreats

2022/05/17 - Lyric Mountain and Woodsong Songwriting Retreats

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2022/05/10 - Dogwood Crafters Cooperative with Brenda Anders

2022/05/10 - Dogwood Crafters Cooperative with Brenda Anders

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2022/05/03 - Forging a Blacksmithing Career in the Smoky Mountains

2022/05/03 - Forging a Blacksmithing Career in the Smoky Mountains

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2022/04/26 - Preserving the Past and Building for the Future

2022/04/26 - Preserving the Past and Building for the Future

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2022/04/19 - Rally in the Valley—Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Adventures

2022/04/19 - Rally in the Valley—Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Adventures

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2022/04/12 - Jackson County Treasures in the Great Smoky Mountains

2022/04/12 - Jackson County Treasures in the Great Smoky Mountains

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2022/04/05 - Canton Recovers and Builds a Mountain Biking Park

2022/04/05 - Canton Recovers and Builds a Mountain Biking Park

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2022/03/29 - Carrying the Torch for Traditional Cherokee Crafts

2022/03/29 - Carrying the Torch for Traditional Cherokee Crafts

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2022/03/22 - Crafting Quality Brews & Quality Lives in the Smokies

2022/03/22 - Crafting Quality Brews & Quality Lives in the Smokies

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2022/03/15 - Journalist Garret Woodward talks about Music in the Smokies and the Legendary Musician Raymond Fairchild

2022/03/15 - Journalist Garret Woodward talks about Music in the Smokies and the Legendary Musician Raymond Fairchild

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2022/03/08 - Writing Tunes and Catching Fish in the Smokies

2022/03/08 - Writing Tunes and Catching Fish in the Smokies

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2022/03/01 - Creating Memorable Hiking and Outdoor Adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains

2022/03/01 - Creating Memorable Hiking and Outdoor Adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains

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2022/02/22 - Keeping the Past Alive, While Building For the Future

2022/02/22 - Keeping the Past Alive, While Building For the Future

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2022/02/15 - Preserving the Smokies

2022/02/15 - Preserving the Smokies

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2022/02/08 - Original American Music from the Mountains of Western North Carolina

2022/02/08 - Original American Music from the Mountains of Western North Carolina

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2022/02/01 - Finding Comfort and Memorable Experiences in the Smokies

2022/02/01 - Finding Comfort and Memorable Experiences in the Smokies

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2022/01/25 - Family Outings in the Great Smokies

2022/01/25 - Family Outings in the Great Smokies

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2022/01/18 - Crafting an Artistic Life in the Smokies

2022/01/18 - Crafting an Artistic Life in the Smokies

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2021/12/07 - Mountain Girl Outdoors

2021/12/07 - Mountain Girl Outdoors

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2021/11/30 - Local Boy Made Good

2021/11/30 - Local Boy Made Good

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2021/08/31 - Creating a New Life and Food Adventures in the Smokies

2021/08/31 - Creating a New Life and Food Adventures in the Smokies

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