Watch Monday nights at 6:30 on AETN. Repeats Sundays at 5 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.
4/7 Falconry – Eagles / Marble Falls / Standing Rock / Levee Tour-Lake Chicot State Park
The art of falconry dates back about 3000 years, and is still common today. At DeGray Lake Resort State Park, public falconry hunts are incorporated with the eagle outings. Marble Falls – once a part of Dogpatch USA—is a spring-fed waterfall, providing a year-round flow and is visible from Scenic Byway 7, along with the town of Marble Falls. Standing Rock is what’s left of a massive rock formation in the Ouachita National Forest south of Mena. Driving along the Mississippi River levee at Lake Chicot State Park, provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the history, wildlife and culture of the area.
4/14 Smith Creek Nature Preserve / Wildcaving - Cosmic Cavern / Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail
The Nature Conservancy’s newest preserve south of Boxley in northwest Arkansas is a haven for endangered bats and other wildlife. We’ll take you on a hike through a portion of the 1200-acre tract. A wild cave tour at Cosmic Cavern near Berryville includes two underground lakes, the bottoms of which have never been found. A unique trail in Pine Bluff takes hikers along the world’s longest bayou – Bayou Bartholomew, which stretches all the way into Louisiana.
4/21 Fern Gully / Rock Creek Natural Area / Robe Bayou
Fern Gully northeast of Ft. Smith is one of the many "special interest" areas that can be found throughout the Ozark National Forest. The many bluff features and ferns make this a unique area. Rock Creek Natural Area is actually within the Spring River Wildlife Management Area south of Hardy.
Under the protection of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, here you’ll find one of the clearest streams in the Ozarks, which leads to Bubbling Spring. Robe Bayou in the Dagmar Wildlife Management Area near Brinkley, offers both—a scenic auto tour and a canoe route, either one which will give you a wonderful experience of this pristine and picturesque setting.
4/28 Mulberry River Overlook / Glory Hole - Iced / Grant Co. Museum / Snow Float- Crooked Creek
An Ozark snowfall creates a glorious picture postcard scene near Anvil Rock, overlooking the Mulberry River northwest of Ozark. Winter’s sub-zero temperatures transform the trail leading to Glory Hole Falls into breathtaking views of ice and flowing water. The Grant County Museum in Sheridan contains ten galleries plus an outside Heritage Square, that traces the county’s development from pre-historic times to the present..and then some. Episode concludes with a "snow float" along Crooked Creek near Harrison, observing winter wildlife.
- Exploring Arkansas April 2014
Eagles, Marble Falls, Standing Rock, Levee Tour-Lake Chicot State Park
- Exploring Arkansas February 2014
Mulberry River Overlook, Glory Hole Iced, Grant Co Museum, Snow Float Crooked Creek
- Exploring Arkansas January 2014
Gyroplanes, Artist Point Trail-Falls, Lower White River Museum, Blue Spring Heritage Center
- Exploring Arkansas December 2013
Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Plantation Homes of Arkansas
- Exploring Arkansas July 2013
Iron Mountain Trail, Historic Washington State Park, Yellow Rock Trail
- Exploring Arkansas June 2013
Lake Sequoyah Trail, Osage Creek Float Fishing, Rock Creek Valley
- Exploring Arkansas May 2013
Bentonville Kite Fest, Natural Dam Falls, Indian Trail Trees
- Exploring Arkansas April 2013
Mt Nebo Waterfall, Hardy, Granny
- Exploring Arkansas February 2013
War Eagle Creek Float, Blanchard Caverns Dripstone Trail, Petit Jean River WMA, Shower Chair White Oak Creek Falls
- Exploring Arkansas January 2013
Ozark Moonshine Run, Prim's Round Rocks, Smackover Ghost Tour, Great River Road
- Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: America's First National River
"America's First National River" Special Edition of EA
- Exploring Arkansas November 2012
Museum of Native American History, White River Monster, Possum Kingdom Trail, Gilbert
- Exploring Arkansas October 2012
Butterfield Heritage Trail, Lake Alma Trail, Village Creek State Park Mtn Biking, Consv Education Center-Crooked Creek
- Exploring Arkansas September 2012
Ozarks' Sky Swing, River Wading Bass, Arkansas River Kayak Fishing @Least Tern Sanct., Mt. Sequoyah
- Exploring Arkansas August 2012
Fort Rock, Shape Note Gatherings, Lorikeets Penguins
- Exploring Arkansas July 2012
Delta Rivers Nature Center, Garvan WoodlandGardens, Fort Curtis, Little Blakely Trail
- Exploring Arkansas June 2012
Boston Mountains Scenic Loop, Unique Arkansas Salamanders, UCA Nature Reserve
- Exploring Arkansas May 2012
Car Wash Falls, Onyx Cave, Blowing Springs Mtn Bike Trail, Bayou DeView Float
- Exploring Arkansas April 2012
Caddo Bend Trail, West NW Scenic Byway, Sentinel Rock & Bingham Hollow Falls
- Exploring Arkansas March 2012
Kings River Eagles, Gangster Museum of America, Bluffton, Panther Bluff Falls
- Exploring Arkansas February 2012
Crystal Bridges, Falls Creek Falls, Wolf House, Lower Lake Waterfowl Refuge
- Exploring Arkansas January 2012
Columbus' Ships, Civil War Reenactment, Hidden Waterfowl Sanctuary
- Exploring Arkansas December 2011
Cave Point Cave, Richardson Bottoms, Springs of Eureka
- Exploring Arkansas November 2011
FLW Outdoors World Championship, Arkansas Queen Riverboat, Two Rivers Park
- Exploring Arkansas October 2011
Cardboard Boat Races, Mississippi Voyageur Canoe Excursion, Helena River Park
- Exploring Arkansas September 2011
Moro Bay State Park, Ozark Mtn Bike Trail, Arkansas Post Water Trail, Cossatot River Snorkeling
- Exploring Arkansas August 2011
DeGray Lake Snorkeling, Kayak Fishing, Sugarloaf Little Red, Grand Cypress Natural Area
- Exploring Arkansas July 2011
Little Missouri Falls, Lorance Creek Natural Area, Roth Prairie Natural Area, Cedar Falls Hike
- Exploring Arkansas June 2011
Ouachita National Recreation Trail, Mt. Ida Crystals, Lake Ouachita Trail Riding, Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
- Exploring Arkansas May 2011
Bridal Veil Falls, Locoropes, Choctaw Island, Survival Tips
- Exploring Arkansas April 2011
Ouachita River Trout Fishing, Pinnacle Mountain Biking, Pelicans, Oark General Store
- Exploring Arkansas March 2011
Exploring Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges
- Exploring Arkansas February 2011
Cossatot River State Park, War Eagle Trail, Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail, Frog Bayou
- Exploring Arkansas January 2011
Powerchuting, Kings River Overlook Trail, Roark Bluff, Hickson Lake
- Exploring Arkansas December 2010
Zipline Tour, Elephant Sanctuary, Ouachita National Forest Fishing Lakes, Chief Whitehorse Ranch
- Exploring Arkansas November 2010
Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Championship, Bull Shoals White River State Park, Crystal Vista, Bird Island
- Exploring Arkansas October 2010
Turpentine Creek Big Cat Refuge, Pond Cr National Wildlife Reserve, Kingfisher & Arkansas Arboretum Trails, DeGray Lake Sunset Kayaking
- Exploring Arkansas September 2010
Mill Creek Trail, Gunner Pool, Cache River National Wildlife Reserve, Koen Interpretive Nature Trail
- Exploring Arkansas August 2010
Thunder Canyon Falls, Felsenthal National Wildlife Reserve, Delta Heritage Trail, Goose Pond Natural Area
- Exploring Arkansas July 2010
Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park, Little Maumelle River Float, White River National Wildlife Reserve, Crater Of Diamonds State Park
- Exploring Arkansas June 2010
Ozark Medieval Fortress, Bull Shoals Caverns, Overflow National Wildlife Reserve, Crevassing
- Exploring Arkansas May 2010
Cave of Spanish Gold, Seven Hollows Trail, Parkin Archeological State Park, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
- Exploring Arkansas April 2010
Pedestal Rocks Ice Caverns, Sam's Throne, Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Big Creek Natural Area
- Exploring Arkansas March 2010
Forked Mountain, Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, Mountain Biking-Devil's Den, North Sylamore Creek Hiking Trail
- Exploring Arkansas February 2010
Ozark Adventure Race, Lake Enterprise, Ozark Railway Adventure
- Exploring Arkansas January 2010
Hawksbill Crag, Global Village Experience, Calico Rock Trout Fishing
- Exploring Arkansas December 2009
Hang Gliding, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, Devil's Knob Devil's Backbone Natural Area
- Exploring Arkansas November 2009
Mountain Biking Cane Creek, Trail Riding-Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jack Creek Recreation Area
- Exploring Arkansas October 2009
Grandview Prairie, Shady Lake, Millwood Lake
- Exploring Arkansas September 2009
Horseshoe Canyon Rock Climbing, Falcon Bottoms Natural Area, Bayou Bluff
- Exploring Arkansas's National Parks
Host Chuck Dovish takes a special look at Arkansas's six national parks in this one hour presentation From Hot Springs, which was actually the first federal reservation set aside in 1832 to protect a natural resource… to America's first national river the Buffalo National RiveRiver. to Pea Ridge National Military Park… to Arkansas Post National Memorial… to Fort Smith and Central High National Historic Sites-you don't have to go far to experience your America in the Natural State.
- Exploring Arkansas July 2009
Kings River Float, Leatherwood Wilderness Falls, Hot Springs National Park
- Exploring Arkansas June 2009
Richland Creek Wilderness Falls, Arkansas Post National Memorial, Wattensaw Bayou Float
- Exploring Arkansas May 2009
Triple Falls, Lincoln Lake, Buffalo National River
- Exploring Arkansas April 2009
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park-wildlife viewing, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Ft. Smith National Historic Site
- Exploring Arkansas March 2009
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Lakeport Plantation, Beaver Lake Eagles
- Exploring Arkansas February 2009
Lake Dardanelle Eagles, Big Lake National Wildlife Reserve, Mammoth Spring
- Exploring Arkansas January 2009
White Rock Mountain, War Eagle Cavern wildcaving, Poteau Mountain
- Chuck's Top Ten Favorite Places
Host Chuck Dovish reveals his ten favorite places in Arkansas. Based on either the spectacular scenery, their uniqueness or the adventure that's available, these ten locations cover all four seasons. From a drive through safari, to a working grist mill, to a dinner train excursion, a snowy mountaintop, to a wild cave journey-Chuck takes us through each special place all the way up to his number one pick.
- Exploring Arkansas November 2008
Blue Hole, Black Swamp, Hideout Hollow
- Exploring Arkansas October 2008
Parker Hickman Farmstead, Pilot Rock, Blanchard Springs Recreation Area
- Exploring Arkansas September 2008
Longpool Falls, Lake Ouachita Snorkeling, Nars & Skull Bluff
- Exploring Arkansas August 2008
Indian Creek Canyon, Ouachita River Float, Mt. Nebo Mountain Biking
- Exploring Arkansas July 2008
Sailplanes, Alum Cove Rec Area, Buffalo Gap Auto Tour
- Exploring Arkansas June 2008
Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society, Kayaking Little Buffalo, Uno Cave
- Exploring Arkansas May 2008
Sweden Creek Falls National Area, Boxley Valley, Lake Ouachita Eagle Kayaking
- Exploring Arkansas April 2008
Home Valley Bluff, Arkansas Post, Snow Geese & Trumpeters Holla Bend National Wildlife Reserve
- Exploring Arkansas March 2008
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mystic Caverns, Rush Ghost Town
- Exploring Arkansas February 2008
Stack Rock, Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, Hobbs State Park
- Exploring Arkansas January 2008
Talimena National Scenic Byway, War Eagle Mill, Devil's Eyebrow
- Exploring Arkansas November 2007
Fern Gully, Rock Creek Natural Area, Robe Bayou
- Exploring Arkansas October 2007
Smith Creek Nature Preserve, Wildcaving Cosmic Cavern, Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail
- Exploring Arkansas September 2007
USS Razorback, B 17, WWII Amphibian Ducks
- Exploring Arkansas August 2007
Owens & Ricketts Mountains, Cane Creek Lake Kayaking, Kings River Falls
- Exploring Arkansas July 2007
Beauty Cave, State's Largest Tree, Rafting Big Piney
- Exploring Arkansas June 2007
Haw Creek Falls, 7 Devils Swamp, Tanyard Creek Nature Trail
- Exploring Arkansas May 2007
Coleman Quartz Mine, White Oak Lake State Park, Crowley's Ridge
- Exploring Arkansas April 2007
Lost Valley, Rock House & Bear Cave-Petit Jean Mountain, Jacksonport State Park
- Exploring Arkansas February 2007
Bayou DeView Big Woods Tour, Womble Trail, Lake Chicot
- Exploring Arkansas January 2007
B 17, Winding Stairs Trail, Lake Maumelle Regatta
- Exploring Arkansas November 2006
Collier Homestead, Indian Rockhouse, Spring River Fly Fishing
- Exploring Arkansas October 2006
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Elephant Sanctuary, Copperhead Cave
- Exploring Arkansas September 2006
Underwater Arkansas, Mt. Magazine State Park, Stonecreek Ranch
- Exploring Arkansas August 2006
Devil's Den State Park, Steam Train, Geocaching
- Exploring Arkansas July 2006
Ozark Waterfalls, Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trail, Lake Ouachita Vista Trail Lake
- Exploring Arkansas June 2006
Buffalo River Trail, Pedestal Rocks, Richland Falls Twin Falls
- Chuck’s Blog - April Exploring Arkansas
During a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode coming up on Monday April 7, join us as we go on a falconry outing, visit Marble Falls and Standing Rock, and then close it all out by taking you down on the levee – as in the Mississippi River levee. Watch it on Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., and keep reading for a sneak preview!
- February "Exploring Arkansas" - An Ozark Winter
From a snowy river overlook, to an icy waterfall, to a “snow float” – the beauty of an Ozark winter will be featured during the latest “Exploring Arkansas” episode Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about our visits to the Mulberry River, Glory Hole Falls, Crooked Creek and the Grant County Museum after the jump.
- January "Exploring Arkansas" - Highflying Adventure
From zooming around in a George Jetson-type auto gyro…hiking to Artist Point Falls…to visiting a bluff shelter where ancient Ozark Bluff Dwellers once called home – all this and more is in store during a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck's Blog - Plantation Homes of Arkansas
They came to Arkansas from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to the rich river soil of the Delta. “Planters” arrived to grow the king of all crops – cotton. The stately homes these planters built with a unique architectural style, steeped in Southern history, exemplified the plantation era. Experience the plantation homes of Arkansas that have not … gone with the wind ... Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck's Blog - Snorkeling, Wildcaving & Kayaking
Snorkeling, wild caving and floating down the river! Three fantastic ways to enjoy and explore Arkansas are coming up Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”
- Celebrate Labor Day with a new "Exploring Arkansas"
Flowers, butterflies, vineyards and zipping along on one of the top zip lines in North America is what we have for you during the brand new Labor Day episode of "Exploring Arkansas," Monday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
- Summer Fun With New "Exploring Arkansas"
Coming up Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., another brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas will take you for a dip in an Ozark swimming hole, back in time along the Mississippi River to an old plantation site, fishing along the Little Buffalo River in Jasper and taking in several of the Wildflower Routes throughout The Natural State.
- July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making
Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful De Gray 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. Get the details about our July 1 episode after the jump!
- Spring is here! Make the most of season with "Exploring Arkansas."
The sun's shining, the flowers are blooming and these balmy temperature make it easy to enjoy Arkansas's great outdoors! Shake off the winter blues and get ready to discover the wonders around you with the "Exploring Arkansas" website. From Chuck Dovish's top 10 favorite places to a search feature that lets you find sights and activities near you, we have everything you need to plan your own adventure!
- Exploring Arkansas - April 2013
During a brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas on Monday, April 1, we'll first take you out to a lesser-known waterfall and cascades along the side of Mt. Nebo, near Dardanelle. Then, we'll head out to historic Hardy, the smallest town in Arkansas to have a Main Street program. Finally, we'll close out with a hike with author Blair Dietering to the homestead of Eva "Granny" Barnes Henderson, of National Geographic renown, near the Buffalo National River.
- "Bayou Bartholomew" Premieres Thursday, March 14
Two years in the making, our one-hour documentary on the worlds longest bayou Bayou Bartholomew is finally set to premiere on AETN Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.
- Exploring Arkansas - New Februrary Episode
If youd like to get a jump on the upcoming float season…check out our brand new Exploring Arkansas episode on Monday, February 4. In the first segment well take you down War Eagle Creek north of Huntsville near Withrow Springs State Park. Also, join us to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, the Petit Jean River WMA and newly discovered waterfalls near Ozark, Ark.
- Exploring Arkansas: Northbound & Down
Loaded Up & Truckin
Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. "Exploring Arkansas" is going to do what definitely can be done: take you down the Ozark Moonshine Run, which forms a 110 mile loop south of Harrison, utilizing six state highways. Now, while running into some white lightning is highly unlikely, you will experience what many travelers refer to as the most picturesque route in northwest Arkansas, since part of the drive takes you along a couple of the less traveled roads in that part of the state.
- Be sure to catch the Butterfield Stagecoach Route on tonight's episode of Exploring Arkansas
You can re-trace the longest stagecoach route in the history of the
world by driving a portion of it through northwest Arkansas by way of
the Butterfield Heritage Trail. Another gem of a hiking trail that's hardly
been publicized until now, is the one that loops around Lake Alma in the
town of Alma. A unique mountain biking experience along Crowley's
Ridge can be enjoyed at Village Creek State Park north of Forrest City.
Hiking and blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishing are offered at the
Conservation Education Center along Crooked Creek near Yellville.
- Buffalo National River edition-Exploring Arkansas Sept. 10
A special edition of Exploring Arkansas will air Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to feature and celebrate the Buffalo National Rivers 40th anniversary of its dedication as Americas first National River.
- Plan your next trip at the new Exploring Arkansas website
For a guide to the outdoors in Arkansas, AETN has a brand new "Exploring Arkansas" website where you can plan your next trip by searching by season, region, or activity at home or on the go using your mobile device. Check out Chuck's 10 favorite places, view a photo gallery and more. To get you excited about your outing, you can also watch any of the past 250 and current episodes.
- Win a family outing with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovish
Ever wondered…hmmm…..what it would be like to hang out with Chuck during one of his grand adventures around the Natural State? Heres your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansass plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks. Sign up online before April 30!
- Exploring Arkansas now in HD premieres January 2
Exploring Arkansas in HD premieres Jan. 2 and includes trips to some truly unexpected places you cant always find in Arkansas. And believe me, you wont want to miss Chuck in a pirates shirt. What struck me is how appropriate it looks on him. A previous life as a pirate explorer me thinks? Im not too sure Im that far off with that one mateys. And now shot in HD, even more beautiful.
- Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges
Often referred to as Americas Best Kept Secret, National Wildlife Refuges protect unique ecosystems all across America. Host Chuck Dovish travels to nine of Arkansass national wildlife refuges that host waterfowl, bald eagles and other unique plants and animals.
- Natural State Wildflower Byways
Now that spring has sprung -- and will be blossoming into all its glory...I need to tell you about the Highway Department Wildflower program. Yes, their job never ends you know -- in February they had to clear all the ice and snow...and now they have to plant wildflowers of all things ! Ahh, but it's well-worth it ! Crimson and clover....crimson and clover.....oops ! Sorry, daydreamed off their for a sec. Anyway...yes, this is about the coolest thing the Highway Department has come up with in awhile, other than those info signs that you see as well --and the orange barrels -- can never have enough of those.
- My Favorite Winter Getaways
Now that the snow is finally flying in the air and is sticking to the ground in some areas...it's time to venture out to one of the Natural State's magnificent winter weekend getaways. Here are a few of my favorites while Exploring Arkansas.
- Autumn In Arkansas
From all indications, autumn in Arkansas this year should be a good one. All the ingredients thus far are there -- crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days which are allowing leaves to do their thing. Yes, to do their thing. If you want a more scientific explanation of leaves changing color..you'll have to go elsewhere. Sorry, I'm not a botanist or scientist -- I only explore Arkansas. One of the best ways to experience Arkansas's autumn splendor is by taking one of the many designated scenic drives throughout the state.
- Meet Me In The Park - continues
Just a note of "thanks" to all who were able to make it on August 29 to the Buffalo National River at Tyler Bend Visitor Center for AETN's Meet Me In The Park events.
- Exploring AR's National Parks
"Exploring Arkansas's National Parks" -- airing 4pm September 27. DVD's of the program will be available. Speaking of National Parks -- in case you haven't heard, you can explore your parks this summer during AETN's Meet Me In The Park events, which I'll be be attending several down the road.
- Falcon Bottoms Natural Area
Just want to thank everyone who came out to the Rotary meeting in Magnolia on Thursday the 18th before we headed out on Dorcheat Bayou in the Falcon Bottoms for a segment we did there that will air on Labor Day, September 7th at 6:30pm.
- Dorcheat Bottoms
Big turnout in Shirley last Saturday during their homecoming parade and the Lucky Ducky Regatta ! Thank you all for those who attended! Magnolia is next on tap for June 18th. First, at noon we'll partake of all the good eats at Millers Cafeteria and then I'll be speaking to the Rotary Club there.
- Shirley, Arkansas visit
Hi there friends and viewers ! Welcome to my first blog on AETN ! Wonderful time coming up this Saturday June 6th as I pay a visit to one of my favorite Arkansas towns -- Shirley !! SALUTE !! As they used to say on Hee Haw!