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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.

2021/09/07 - Cataloochee Valley in the Smokies

2021/09/07 - Cataloochee Valley in the Smokies

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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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2021/08/24 - Music on the Fly fishing in the Smokies with Charles Humphrey III

2021/08/24 - Music on the Fly fishing in the Smokies with Charles Humphrey III

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2021/08/17 - Wildcrafting in the Smokies

2021/08/17 - Wildcrafting in the Smokies

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2021/08/10 - Botanical Excursions in the Smokies

2021/08/10 - Botanical Excursions in the Smokies

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20210803-Historic Tales of Western North Carolina

20210803-Historic Tales of Western North Carolina

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2021/07/20 - Photographing the Smokies

2021/07/20 - Photographing the Smokies

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2021/07/13 - Outlaws and Outliers in the Smokies

2021/07/13 - Outlaws and Outliers in the Smokies

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2021/07/06 - From Caney Fork to the Ryman — A Visit with Darren Nicholson

2021/07/06 - From Caney Fork to the Ryman — A Visit with Darren Nicholson

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2021/06/29 - Generations of Ginseng in the Smoky Mountains

2021/06/29 - Generations of Ginseng in the Smoky Mountains

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2021/06/22-History Museums and Historic Houses in Haywood County, NC

2021/06/22-History Museums and Historic Houses in Haywood County, NC

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2021/06/15-Cycling through the Great Smokies Past, and actually Cycling in the Great Smokies.

2021/06/15-Cycling through the Great Smokies Past, and actually Cycling in the Great Smokies.

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2021/06/08 - Food in the Smokies

2021/06/08 - Food in the Smokies

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2021/06/01 - The Sounds of Nature’s Edge

2021/06/01 - The Sounds of Nature’s Edge

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2021/05/25 - Blue Ridge Craft Trails with Leslie Hartley

2021/05/25 - Blue Ridge Craft Trails with Leslie Hartley

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2021/05/18 - Bringing Smoky Mountain History to Life in Books and Film

2021/05/18 - Bringing Smoky Mountain History to Life in Books and Film

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2021/05/11 - Forging A Future While Honoring The Past In The Smoky Mountains

2021/05/11 - Forging A Future While Honoring The Past In The Smoky Mountains

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2021/05/04 - Perpetuating the Legacy of Horace Kephart

2021/05/04 - Perpetuating the Legacy of Horace Kephart

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2021/04/27 - Butch McDade & the Smoky Mountain Field School

2021/04/27 - Butch McDade & the Smoky Mountain Field School

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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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2021/09/14 - Stories of Nature

2021/09/14 - Stories of Nature

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