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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.


Overcoming Songwriters Block with the Nashville Legend Jim Lauderdale
Show Details37min 49s
Interview with Zeb “The Legend” Ross and his Dancing Partner and Wife Ashley Ross
Show Details14min 11s
Agritourism, Farm to Table with Laura Lauffer
Show Details50min 29s
Folkmoot USA—Many Cultures, One Community – A Visit with Evan Hatch
Show Details50min 43s
The NC Folklife Institute with Director Sarah Bryan
Show Details50min 6s
Kim Ross of the J Creek Cloggers
Show Details49min 36s
Songs on Cataloochee Valley by Richard Hurley
Show Details49min 54s
Tar Heel Lightning - Talking NASCAR with Dan Pierce
Show Details51min 42s
Masterful Stories in the Smokies with Author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Show Details50min 24s
Lyric Mountain and Woodsong Songwriting Retreats
Show Details49min 49s
Dogwood Crafters Cooperative with Brenda Anders
Show Details50min 31s
Episode 57: Forging a Blacksmithing Career in the Smoky Mountains
Show Details51min 35s
Preserving the Past and Building for the Future
Show Details50min 30s
Rally in the Valley—Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Adventures
Show Details50min 46s
Jackson County Treasures in the Great Smoky Mountains
Show Details59min 5s
Canton Recovers and Builds a Mountain Biking Park
Show Details50min 43s
Carrying the Torch for Traditional Cherokee Crafts
Show Details50min 34s
Crafting Quality Brews & Quality Lives in the Smokies
Show Details50min 59s
Journalist Garret Woodward talks about Music in the Smokies and the Legendary Musician Raymond Fairchild
Show Details50min 59s
Writing Tunes And Catching Fish In The Smokies
Show Details50min 36s
Creating Memorable Hiking and Outdoor Adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains
Show Details52min 20s
Keeping the Past Alive, While Building For the Future
Show Details1hr
Preserving the Smokies
Show Details58min 35s
Original American Music from the Mountains of Western North Carolina
Show Details1hr 1min
Finding Comfort and Memorable Experiences in the Smokies
Show Details58min 47s
Family Outings in the Great Smokies
Show Details59min 2s
Crafting an Artistic Life in the Smokies
Show Details58min 43s
Mountain Girl Outdoors
Show Details51min 40s
Local Boy Made Good
Show Details50min 13s
Western North Carolina Heritage Center
Show Details50min 38s
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Show Details59min 49s
From Breaking Stories to Breaking Trails with Vesna Plakanis
Show Details49min 20s
Finding a New Home in the Smokies Through Stories and Songs
Show Details50min 11s
Stories of Nature
Show Details50min 21s
Cataloochee Valley in the Smokies
Show Details49min 53s
Creating a New Life and Food Adventures in the Smokies
Show Details50min 9s
Music on the Fly (fishing) in the Smokies with Charles Humphrey III
Show Details49min 12s
Wildcrafting in the Smokies
Show Details49min 13s
Botanical Excursions in the Smokies
Show Details49min 35s
Historic Tales of Western North Carolina
Show Details50min 4s
Photographing the Smokies
Show Details47min 35s
From Caney Fork to the Ryman — A Visit with Darren Nicholson
Show Details49min 38s
Generations of Ginseng in the Smoky Mountains
Show Details49min 15s
History Museums and Historic Houses in Haywood County NC
Show Details50min 2s
Cycling through the Great Smokies Past, and actually Cycling in the Great Smokies.
Show Details48min 53s
Food in the Smokies
Show Details49min 29s
The Sounds of Nature’s Edge
Show Details50min 13s
Blue Ridge Craft Trails with Leslie Hartley
Show Details49min 24s
Bringing Smoky Mountain History to Life in Books and Film
Show Details49min 20s
Forging A Future While Honoring The Past In The Smoky Mountains
Show Details49min 7s
Perpetuating the Legacy of Horace Kephart
Show Details49min 7s
Butch McDade & the Smoky Mountain Field School
Show Details48min 38s
Ecotourism & Safe Passage for Large Wildlife in the Smokies
Show Details47min 59s
Maggie Valley in the Smokies
Show Details48min 48s
Food, Fireflies, and Flowers in the Smoky Mountains
Show Details47min 27s
Pottery in the Smokies
Show Details50min 8s
Seeds and Song
Show Details47min 35s
Museums In The Smoky Mountain Area
Show Details49min 1s
Hiking in the Smokies
Show Details48min 50s
White Water Rafting in the Smokies
Show Details50min 14s
The History of Plott Hounds in the Smokies
Show Details48min 30s
Getting Into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Show Details46min 11s
Road Life in the Smokies
Show Details49min 41s
Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains
Show Details48min 25s
Whisky & Moonshine In The Mountains
Show Details48min 51s
Scots-Irish Influence on Mountain Music
Show Details49min 2s