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Gateway to the Smokies Podcast



Your Smoky Mountain Adventure Starts Here!

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.


Bluegrass Band Camp Getaway

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn directly from Grammy nominated, Blue Ridge Hall of Fame musicians in a beautiful and intimate setting in the cradle of mountain music history –the Great Smoky Mountains –culminating with an All-Star concert that evening by these same musical icons.

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Episode 30: Wildcrafting in the Smokies

August 17th, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Starting off today’s show, Host Joseph Franklyn McElroy introduces special guest Ila Hatter. She explains her initial connection with the Smokies Mountain area and the outdoors from her childhood and family. Ila tells us about all the different places

Episode 29: Botanical Excursions in the Smokies

August 10th, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Today’s episode starts off with host Joseph Franklyn McElroy introducing today’s podcast topic: the botanical excursions in the Smokies. Before continuing further, Joseph gives his shout-outs to sponsors and gives special announcements. Tonight’s guest, Adam Bigelow, is introduced.

Episode 28: Historic Tales of Western North Carolina

August 3rd, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Today’s show starts off with a great introduction to tonight’s special guest: Jim Buchanan. Jim introduces himself, explaining his family roots in the Carolinas and the Great Smoky Mountains. Jim and host Joseph Franklyn McElroy, share fun facts

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