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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.

2021/04/20 - Ecotourism & Safe Passage for Large Wildlife in the Smokies

2021/04/20 - Ecotourism & Safe Passage for Large Wildlife in the Smokies

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2021/04/13 - Maggie Valley in the Smokies

2021/04/13 - Maggie Valley in the Smokies

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2021/04/06 - Food, Fireflies, and Flowers in the Smoky Mountains

2021/04/06 - Food, Fireflies, and Flowers in the Smoky Mountains

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2021/03/23 - Pottery in the Smokies

2021/03/23 - Pottery in the Smokies

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2021/03/16 - Seeds and Song

2021/03/16 - Seeds and Song

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2021/03/09 - Museums In The Smoky Mountain Area

2021/03/09 - Museums In The Smoky Mountain Area

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2021/03/02 - Hiking in the Smokies

2021/03/02 - Hiking in the Smokies

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2021/02/23 - White Water Rafting in the Smokies

2021/02/23 - White Water Rafting in the Smokies

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2021/02/16 - The History of Plott Hounds in the Smokies

2021/02/16 - The History of Plott Hounds in the Smokies

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2021/02/09 - Getting Into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

2021/02/09 - Getting Into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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2021/01/26 - Road Life in the Smokies

2021/01/26 - Road Life in the Smokies

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2021/01/19 - Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains

2021/01/19 - Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains

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2021/01/12 - Whisky & Moonshine In The Mountains

2021/01/12 - Whisky & Moonshine In The Mountains

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2021/01/05 - Scots-Irish Influence on Mountain Music

2021/01/05 - Scots-Irish Influence on Mountain Music

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