Watch Monday nights at 6:30 on AETN. Repeats Sundays at 5 p.m.
"Exploring Arkansas" received the Second Place Journalism Award from the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.
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.
4/6 Arkansas' Fiddle Queen/Bull Shoals Eagles/Original Duck Dynasty
Ninety-Eight year young Violet Hensley of Yellville was designated as an Arkansas Living Treasure in 2004 for her fiddle playing and fiddle making skills - she makes them in her kitchen, from scratch. During January and February at Bull Shoals-White River State Park you can view the bald eagle splendor there along the river by hiking one of the nature trails. The original Duck Dynasty… contrary to what others might say…is the family of Chick Major in Stuttgart, who began making duck calls in 1939, and who's succeeded by one of his daughters, who continues making the calls.
4/13 Powerchuting/Kings River Overlook Trail/Roark Bluff/Hickson Lake
What happens when you motorize a glider chute, and add a couple seats and wheels to it? It becomes one of the fastest-growing forms of sport flying around. If you've enjoyed the Kings River by floating it… another way to take in the beauty of this river in northwest Arkansas is by hiking the Kings River Overlook Nature Trail. Another worthwhile view to experience is the one that overlooks Roark Bluff in the upper portion of the Buffalo National River. Hickson Lake located in the Dagmar Wildlife Management Area near Brinkley, is one of those neat hidden lakes perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
4/20 Cossatot River State Park/War Eagle Trail/Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail/Frog Bayou
The Cossatot River in southwest Arkansas has always been popular with whitewater kayakers, but it's also a river for all seasons… for everyone. The War Eagle Trail north of Huntsville offers spectacular vistas of War Eagle Creek. The Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail at Arkansas' largest state park—Hobbs, is an excellent trail for school children and beginning hikers. Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area near Ft. Smith is a prime example of wetland restoration, attracting a variety of waterfowl.
4/27 Ouachita River Trout Fishing/Pinnacle Mountain Biking/Pelicans/Oark General Store
The White and Little Red rivers in Arkansas are well-known for trout fishing, but there's also the Ouachita at Carpenter Dam near Hot Springs.
Mountain biking can now be enjoyed along a couple of new trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, just west of Little Rock. Arkansas' ever-changing wildlife scene now includes white pelicans during the winter. The state's oldest continuous business happens to be the Oark General Store and Café northwest of Clarksville in the Ozark National Forest.
- Exploring Arkansas February 2015
Pre-1865 Historical Re-enactment, Mulberry River Autumn, Wagon Restorer
- Exploring Arkansas January 2015
World Class Fly-Fishing Techniques / Arkansas Living Treasure - Log Construction Master Craftsman / South Fork Spring River Smallmouth Fishing
- Exploring Arkansas December 2014
EA Special Edition: Underground Wonders of Arkansas
- Exploring Arkansas November 2014
Ft. Smith Trolley / B-29 / Enders Fault Mtn Bike Trail
- Exploring Arkansas October 2014
Arkansas Air & Military Museum / National Championship Chuckwagon Races
- Exploring Arkansas September 2014
Standup Paddleboarding, Miners Rock Trail, Mountain Man - Old Man River, Blanchard Springs Swimmin' Holes
- Exploring Arkansas August 2014
Buffalo River Millie, Whitewater Recreation Park, Longpool Swimmin' Hole
- Exploring Arkansas July 2014
Arkansas' Grand Canyon, Mulberry River Float, Earthquake Ridge Trail
- Exploring Arkansas June 2014
Mossy Bluff National Nature Trail, Boat Builder, DeSoto Bluff Trail Park, Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park
- Exploring Arkansas May 2014
Mulberry Valley Falls, Wye Mountain Daffodils, Little Red Trout Fishing, Natural Bridge of Arkansas
- 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
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2015
Coming up in a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll visit and jam with Arkansas’s Fiddle Queen, take you to view bald eagles along the White River near Bull Shoals and introduce you to the original duck dynasty.
- Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” February 2015
Reliving the lifestyle and adventure of the American frontier, going on a photography outing along the Mulberry River in autumn and restoring wagons of the Old West – it’s all coming up during a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m.!
- Chuck’s Blog – January 2015 “Exploring Arkansas”
The first new “Exploring Arkansas” for 2015 includes fly-fishing with a world champion gold medalist, float-fishing for smallmouth bass and spending time with a log master craftsman – all coming up Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Underground Wonders of Arkansas"
In this special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll take you on a wild caving adventure to some of our most memorable caverns throughout the state. You’ll see formations beyond imagination and fascinating, creepy creatures, which can only be found in caves. So, let us do the crawling through cave mud for you as we bring you the underground wonders of Arkansas in our brand new December episode!
- “Odd Squad” Premieres on Nov. 26
Whenever something unusual happens in their town, who can solve the problem and save the day? Olive and Otto, agents of Odd Squad, of course! In this new AETN KIDS program - airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. - the clever kids work together to problem-solve and set things right, using a math concept that’s embedded into each of their cases. Don’t miss the one-hour premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog – November “Exploring Arkansas”
A couple of rides from the past and one from the 21st century are in store with visits to Fort Smith, Fayetteville's Drake Field and Wooly Hollow State Park during the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck's Blog - October "Exploring Arkansas"
Aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, visiting the place where the “man in black” grew up, and wild and woolly rawhide adventure racing chuckwagons – it’s all on the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog - September “Exploring Arkansas”
From walking on water, to mountain biking, to mountain man trout fishing to taking a dip in not one but two refreshing swimmin’ holes – it’s a great way to travel the Natural State in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on AETN!
- Chuck’s Blog — August “Exploring Arkansas” is a Watery Adventure!
Our brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for August 4 includes a dream come true for an 88-year-young woman who has wanted to float the Buffalo National River. There’s also kayaking and tubing adventure at a whitewater recreation park near Siloam Springs and a dive into the ol’ swimming hole at the Longpool Recreation Area near Dover.
- Chuck’s Blog - July “Exploring Arkansas”
Can’t visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona? Well, then, visit the Grand Canyon in Arkansas! That’s right – during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., you can experience what is known as “Arkansas’ Grand Canyon,” south of Jasper, a float trip down the Mulberry River, a mountain biking frenzy along the Earthquake Ridge Trail and the St. Joe Railroad Depot's history.
- June “Exploring Arkansas” - Hiking, Boatbuilding, Expeditions & Battlefields
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.
- Chuck’s Blog — May “Exploring Arkansas”
Join us for a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. as we take you to Mulberry Valley Falls, the daffodils at Wye Mountain, fly-fishing for trout on the Little Red River and to something called the Natural Bridge of Arkansas.
- 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!