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 40 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.
Episodes in August
The Marinoni Scenic Area north of Ozark in the Ozark National Forest near the Mulberry River, is an enchanting and exhilarating place with waterfalls, majestic bluffs, giant ferns and boulders. Branson may have the Dixie Stampede, but Fort Smith has its own Old Fort Days Dandies - a special group of young ladies who are known for their superior horsemanship across the country. The Arkansas Fiddlers Convention is a four-day jam session extravaganza held every May in Harrison. The small Arkansas Delta town of Elaine - population 636 -- is known as the "Birdhouse Capital Of America" - 800 and counting.
Examines the history of the bayou dating back 3,000 years, but it also reveals how it's been long overlooked for its contribution in developing the heart of the Delta and neglected in American history. People who have lived all their lives along the bayou, in both Arkansas and Louisiana, will also share their stories dating back to the steamboat era on the bayou.
8/16 (Re-air of August 2)
Marinoni Scenic Area, Old Fort Days Dandies, AR Fiddlers Convention, Birdhouse Capital of America.
Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas has long been known for its great crappie fishing. Catching "slab" crappie in the 17-inch category is not out of the norm. Along North Sylamore Creek near Mountain View, near the North Sylamore Creek Trailhead is a secluded swimmin' hole complete with a rope swing that is quite popular with the locals. Jacksonville Museum of Military History sits on the old Arkansas Ordnance Plant site which manufactured bomb parts during WWII. She's known to many as the pie queen of the South—Charlotte Bowls of Keo who creates her 10-inch high meringue pies in a historic pharmacy building.
88-year old Millie Calhoun's dream has always been to float the Buffalo National River. We made that dream come true by arranging her very first float trip down America's first national river. The Whitewater Recreation Park along the Illinois River south of Siloam Springs, provides kayaking adventure for both beginners and experts…not to mention tubing fun for everyone. A popular swimmin' hole is located at the Longpool Recreation Area along Big Piney Creek near Dover. Huge boulders provide natural diving platforms. Kayaking and canoeing can also be enjoyed on this creek.