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June “Exploring Arkansas” - Hiking, Boatbuilding, Expeditions & Battlefields

Posted on 22 May 2014

From hiking a picturesque trail overlooking the Little Red River in Heber Springs, to visiting with a wooden boat builder in Bentonville, to spending time with students at DeSoto Bluff overlooking the Ouachita River in Arkadelphia, to learning about a Civil War skirmish at Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park in Jacksonville – you won’t want to miss the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.

The Mossy Bluff National Nature Trail begins at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center near Greers Ferry Lake and meanders along a bluff, offering spectacular views of the Little Red River and Greers Ferry Dam. An observation deck is located at the end of the trail, with the return trip at 1.6 miles total. There’s also the much shorter Buckeye National Nature Trail that is paved and wheelchair accessible. 


Tony Eliasen of Bentonville is doing his part in keeping the lost art of wooden boat building alive. Handcrafting his kayaks and canoes from wood strips, the end result is much more than just a boat, but actually a work of art.  Infact after completion, his boats are hung up on the wall like works of art. Eliasen didn’t mind taking them down though, to show ‘em off in the water for us. 

The DeSoto Bluff Trail in Arkadelphia leads hikers to a fantastic overlook of the Ouachita River and serves as an outdoor classroom for area students. It also happens to be along the route of the Hunter-Dunbar Expedition of 1804.


Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park in south Jacksonville along Bayou Meto, portrays the forgotten Civil War skirmish of 1863, which thwarted an attempt by the Union army in capturing  Little Rock. It also includes an 1860 era replica of a farmstead.


Monday, June 2, 2014

“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.

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  • Hello Mr. Dovish, I am looking on google maps around the Helena area, north and south, and it shows several areas where Arkansas and Mississippi swap sides of the river. Is this correct or just bad google mapping? Thanks, we enjoy your show every week. - Jake Sinclair
  • Hello Mr Dovish. As a native grown citizen of this wonderful State of Arkansas, I have chosen to spend my time at home in Arkansas. Life had its little sojourn out of Arkansas for me, yet I came back Home, by choice. I have enjoyed your career of showcasing ever beautiful place that we have at our front yard, You have a wonderful knack at describing the beauty as well as tell the story of our colorful history. I thank you for what you have done for all Arkansans, and all that you are trying to tell. Keep up the great work. - Van Brown

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