Get a new perspective on Arkansas and the world! "Exploring Arkansas" is joining "Nature" and "NOVA" on Think Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Before coming to AETN, Chuck Dovish was mainly known for his "Travelin' Arkansas" segments which aired on KTHV-Channel 11 for more than 25 years. Since October of 2005, Chuck has been producing and hosting "Exploring Arkansas" which showcases all the high adventure the Natural State has to offer. This one-of-a-kind program features the most breathtaking and spectacular sights in Arkansas. There's extreme adventure like hang gliding, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, wild caving and not to mention some of Arkansas's best kept secrets such as secluded and scenic waterfalls.
Chuck has been exploring Arkansas for more than 30 years and continues to surprise and entertain viewers with his sights and subjects. His philosophy throughout the years has always been to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas, in addition to conservation and preservation of the pristine outdoors of the Natural State. Exploring Arkansas was the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club Conservation Award. Chuck says he's always trying to promote our great state in any way, shape or form that he can.
7/6 - Arkansas Folk Festival/Longbow Resort/Ravenden Springs
It began in the early sixties and is still going strong—the annual Arkansas Folk Festival in the Folk Music Capital of the World – Mountain View. Archery legend Ben Pearson of Pine Bluff in 1966 began a one-of-a-kind Ozark retreat in Prim, which now his son and grandson continue the Longbow legacy and vision. Ravenden Springs was once called "Arkansas' Dream Town" during the 1880's as folks from all over flocked to its five "healing springs". The town's most unique feature is Hall's Creek Canyon.
7/13 - Plantation Homes of Arkansas – EA Special Edition
Coming from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia "planters" began arriving in Arkansas during the early 19th century to grow the king of all crops –cotton. The stately homes these planters built with their unique architectural style, exemplified that plantation era steeped in southern history. Through these plantation homes of Arkansas, visitors can experience the plantation culture which illuminated the rich historical and cultural heritage of the American South – the habits and traditions of its people, along with the triumphs and tragedies of its past – all preserved to come alive for present and future generations.
7/20 - (Re-air of July 6)
7/27 - War Eagle Creek Float/Blanchard Caverns-Dripstone Trail/Petit Jean River WMA/Shower Chair-White Oak Creek Falls
A lesser-known float trip that is peaceful and picturesque is along War Eagle Creek north of Huntsville near Withrow Springs State Park. Previously in a EA episode, the wild cave tour at Blanchard Springs Caverns was featured… during this episode, in the developed section of the cavern, the Dripstone Trail is portrayed. The Petit Jean River Wildlife Management Area south of Dardanelle is one of the best areas in west-central Arkansas for viewing shorebirds and wintering waterfowl—not to mention a couple of really neat old bridges. Shower Chair Falls and White Oak Creek Falls north of Ozark in the Ozark National Forest, are just a couple of the falls recently discovered by Brian Emfinger, one of the state's top waterfall explorers/photographers.