A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making

Posted on 28 Jun 2013

 View from atop Yellow Rock Trail in Devil's Den State Park

Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, going back in time at Historic Washington and taking in the gorgeous views along Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park.

A cyclists rides down the Iron Mountain Trail along Lake DeGray

Iron Mountain on the east side of DeGray Lake off scenic Highway 7 now has a 17-mile long bike trail for those of you who would like to take in the scenery of the lake in a different way.  The last phase of the trail, when completed, will put the total length to about 26 miles. The final section will offer scenic views of the lake, whereas the other sections follow mostly the wooded terrain of Iron Mountain.

 A blacksmith in Historic Washington State Park forges a Bowie knife.

Established in 1824, the town of Washington, north of Hope, was once a convenient stopover for travelers along the rugged Southwest Trail leading to Texas. Notable folks such as Sam Houston and Davy Crockett would pass through … including James Bowie, who asked the blacksmith to make him a fighting knife. This “Arkansas Toothpick,” called the Bowie knife, became legendary. To this day, you can visit the blacksmith shop and watch the forging of a Bowie knife yourself.

The surrey awaits riders in Historic Washington State Park. 

Historic Washington has been compared to Colonial Williamsburg, and the best way to see it all without walking is to take one of the surrey rides. 

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park 

Along the Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas, you can experience magnificent rock overhangs and outcroppings followed by the spectacular views from atop Yellow Rock itself. If you just go to Yellow Rock only and then turn back – you can cut down the hike to a two-mile roundtrip. 

So, mountain biking, hiking and legendary knife-making – all coming up on the next brand new EA episode Monday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m.!



"Exploring Arkansas," Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. 


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.


Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.


Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.


FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.