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Gateway to the Smokies Podcast

HOSTED BY JOSEPH FRANKLYN MCELROY

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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.

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POTTERY IN THE SMOKIES -Episode 11

March 23rd, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Today’s topic will be pottery in the mountains, but first Joseph talks about crafts. Joseph reminisces creating pottery in grade school. He dives further into the history of crafts in the mountains, starting with weaving and moving into

SEEDS AND SONG -Episode 10

March 16th, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Before introducing today’s guest, Joseph discusses heirloom seeds and plants in his family.Joseph reads a poem about memories tied to seeds. Joseph introduces William Ritter, today’s guest, and William talks a little about his background. William discusses how

MUSEUMS IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN AREA -Episode 9

March 9th, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Joseph starts off by starting with the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. Joseph and Mike share stories about attractions near where they live that funnily enough, they haven’t visited. Joseph describes the museum and an upcoming

HIKING IN THE SMOKIES -Episode 8

March 2nd, 2021|Podcast|

SEGMENT 1 Today’s focus will be hiking in the Smokies. Joseph discusses spring in the Smokies, which consists of great weather and fun activities. Wildflowers are the most iconic part of the Smokies in the spring, with

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