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.
5/4 - Bat Cave/Gravity Hill/Wax Museum/Mt. Magazine Snow
Speleology students from Lyon College in Batesville go to their class at Bat Cave nearby town. Gravity Hill in Helena has been perplexing folks for quite some time, as vehicles roll “uphill” when put in neutral. The Wax Museum in Hot Springs wasn’t always that –built in 1893, the building was the Southern Club – the oldest illegal gambling casino in the South. Mt Magazine in west Arkansas is the highest peak in the state, along with its own climate – if you’re looking for snow in the winter, you’ll most likely find it atop this mountain.
5/11 - Alum Cove National Recreation Trail/Maple Syrup/Primitive Bowmaker
Along the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail in the Ozark National Forest south of Jasper, one can explore not only one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, but also cave-like rooms in this unique geological area. Maple syrup gathering is something that’s usually only associated with the New England states. But, this late winter activity has been a tradition with one Arkansas family for six generations. Utilizing the same techniques and wood that Native Americans used, a Dardanelle craftsman is keeping alive an ancient craft with his primitive bow making skills.
5/18 - (Re-air of May 4)
5/25 - Mulberry River Road Scenic Byway/High Bank Twins/Old Mill/Athens – Big Fork Trail
The latest addition to Arkansas’ many scenic byways is the Mulberry River Road Scenic Byway in the Ozark National Forest. Just off that scenic byway is High Bank Twin Falls – with only a ¼ mile-long trail, it’s well worth the hike ! North Little Rock’s Old Mill is quite the iconic structure, with quite the story behind it – not to mention a photographer’s playground when all the Dogwoods are in full bloom ! The Athens – Big Fork Trail in the Ouachita National Forest is a spectacular backpacking trail that was once an old mail route between Athens and Big Fork.