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.
Exploring Arkansas in June
7/5 - B-25 "Ghost Plane", Rattlesnake Falls, Leslie, World Championship Steak Cook-Off, Pigeon Creek Nat'l Recreation Trail
It's the only remaining airworthy Marine B-25 bomber in the world - (Doolittle Raiders fame) and it made a stop at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville to give onlookers an up close experience out of the history books. Rattlesnake Falls is in the deep wilderness of the Ozark National Forest northeast of Mountainburg. -Rattlesnakes aren't the concern though - it's the black bears! One of Arkansas' best kept secrets happens to be the town of Leslie, which still maintains its 1920's- era charm. Steak lovers and cooks gather every May in Magnolia for the World Championship Steak Cook-Off, which is held in conjunction with the Magnolia Blossom Festival. The Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail north of Mountain Home along Norfork Lake, is a wonderful twenty-mile trail system that's open to mountain bikers and hikers.
7/12 - Osage Clayworks, National Park Aquarium, Ukrainian Egg Artist, Palarm Creek Waterfowl
After being a general store, post office and a hotel, a 1901 building in Osage is now a pottery shop where folks can watch the owners at work, creating quality clayworks. At the National Park Aquarium in Hot Springs you can get up close with piranha and a 400-volt catfish, just to name a couple of the oddities there. Pysanky is an ancient Ukrainian egg art form that uses beeswax and dyes. A Hot Springs woman is a master at it and has earned the title, an Arkansas Living Treasure. Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area within the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower is a haven for birdwatchers during the winter months.
7/19 - (Re-air of July 5)
7/26 - 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.
"Exploring Arkansas" received the Second Place Journalism Award from the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.
- Exploring Arkansas July 2017
B-25 "Ghost Plane", Rattlesnake Falls, Leslie, World Championship Steak Cook-Off, Pigeon Creek Nat'l Recreation Trail
- Exploring Arkansas June 2017
Camden Daffodil Festival, Oldest U.S. Barbershop, AR Outdoor Classroom, Pickens Store-Restaurant
- Exploring Arkansas May 2017
Cadron Settlement Park, Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine, Monte Ne, Grassy Lake Water Trail
- Exploring Arkansas April 2017
Lake Dardanelle Eagles, Johnson Spring, Rice-Upshaw House, Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales
- Exploring Arkansas March 2017
Historic Berryville, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, White Cliffs Natural Area, Daisy Airgun Museum
- Exploring Arkansas February 2017
Cast Iron Cook Off, Pig Trail Scenic Byway, Black Fork Mountain Trail, and Museum Of The Arkansas Grand Prairie
- Exploring Arkansas January 2017
Ozark Folklife Festival, Garden Steam Railroad, Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, Mule Team Wagon Train
- Exploring Arkansas December 2016
Arkansas Gators, Parker Pioneer Homestead, Indian Rock Cave, Low Gap Café
- Exploring Arkansas November 2016
Mountain View Swinging Bridge, Paragould Meteorite, Beaver, Architectural Fantasyland, Smyrna Church
- Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas
Some of Arkansas's most notorious and scariest places are featured in this special edition of Exploring Arkansas – the Crescent and Basin Hotels in Eureka Springs, the Allen House in Monticello, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock, King Opera House in Van Buren and the Peel Mansion in Bentonville.
- Exploring Arkansas September 2016
Crappie Fishing, Mountain View Swimmin' Hole, Jacksonville Museum of Military History, Charlotte's Eats & Sweets
- Exploring Arkansas August 2016
Plein Air Festival, Bear Creek Lake, Sultana Disaster Museum, Parachute Inn
- Exploring Arkansas July 2016
Arkansas Folk Festival, Longbow Resort, Ravenden Springs
- Exploring Arkansas June 2016
Accord Hollow Falls, Tulip Extravaganza, Prairie Grove Phone Booth, Hollis Country Store
- Exploring Arkansas May 2016
Bat Cave, Gravity Hill, Wax Museum, Mt. Magazine Snow
- Exploring Arkansas April 2016
Osage Clayworks, National Park Aquarium,Ukrainian Egg Artist, Palarm Creek Waterfowl
- Exploring Arkansas March 2016
Striper Fishing, Railyard Bike Park, Slay Cave, Hogpen BBQ
- Exploring Arkansas February 2016
Castle Rogue's Manor, Goode's Grocery, Moonshiners Cave-Falls, Cotham's Mercantile
- Exploring Arkansas January 2016
Mt. Magazine ATV Tour, War Eagle Fair, Empress, Take Your Breath Away
- Exploring Arkansas November 2015
Mt. Kessler, Cut-Off Creek, Memory Lane, Yurt Camping
- Exploring Arkansas October 2015
Kenda Drive-In, Horner Neck Lake, Rolando's
- Exploring Arkansas September 2015
Rock ‘N Roll Hwy 67, Pivot Rock, Opera In The Ozarks, Isles of Lake Ouachita
- Exploring Arkansas August 2015
Mid-America Science Museum, Shine Eye Swimmin' Hole, Doll Museum, Potts In
- Exploring Arkansas July 2015
Arkansas Sphinx, Lake Atkins, Subiaco Abbey
- Exploring Arkansas June 2015
Mulberry River Road Scenic Byway, High Bank Twins, Old Mill, Athens - Big Fork Trail
- Exploring Arkansas May 2015
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Maple Syrup, Primitive Bowmaker
- Exploring Arkansas April 2015
Arkansas' Fiddle Queen, Bull Shoals Eagles, Original Duck Dynasty
- 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
- 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
- Exploring Arkansas May 2006
Trumpeter Swans, Hurricane River Cave, Eagles
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: July 2017”
Reliving the Doolittle Raid with a Marine B-25 “ghost” plane, hiking to Rattlesnake Falls in the Ozark National Forest, visiting the historic town of Leslie, attending the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia and mountain biking along the Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail along the shores of Norfork Lake near Mountain Home – it’s all on the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2017”
Frolicking throughout Camden’s millions of daffodils, getting a haircut in the oldest barbershop in the nation, attending the Arkansas Outdoor School and having lunch at the iconic Pickens Store and Restaurant: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 7.
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017
Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2017
Observing bald eagles, hiking to a Native American bluff shelter with a historic spring, visiting the oldest log structure in the state and chowing down on some famous hot tamales – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 5!
- “Exploring Arkansas” – Feb. 2017
From a cast iron cook off and driving along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to hiking the Black Fork Mountain Trail and learning about the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of Eastern Arkansas, it’s all in the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
- “Exploring Arkansas” – Jan. 2017
Experiencing folklife in the Ozarks from long ago, enjoying a backyard railroad like none other, taking a drive along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, and teaming up with a mule team wagon train – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Jan. 4!
- “Exploring Arkansas” December 2016
Alligators, a recreated 19th century village, a Native American bluff shelter with petroglyphs that happens to be on a golf course, and a five-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere? It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” November 2016
Coming up Nov. 2 in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, we’ll take you from one historic swinging bridge near Mountain View to another one in Beaver, check out some unusual fairy tale sculpture/architecture near Eureka Springs, visit the oldest church in Arkansas near Searcy, and look back to the day folks in Paragould thought they were experiencing the end of the world.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2016
From crappie fishing to taking a cool dip in an Ozark swimming hole to chomping down on one of the South’s prized coconut cream pies — it’s all coming up (and then some!) in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Aug. 2016
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 3, we’ll attend an open air painting festival in Eureka Springs, take part in all the fishing fun at Bear Creek Lake in the St. Francis National Forest, dine in a jetliner restaurant and learn about the forgotten tragedy of the sinking of the Sultana near Marion.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” July 2016
From pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Arkansas Folk Festival … to visiting an Ozark paradise complete with cabins and waterfalls…to visiting a town which was once called “Arkansas’s Dream Town”— it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” June 2016
From hiking to a remote waterfall in the Ozark National Forest and tiptoeing through the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens to making a phone call from one of the last remaining working phone booths and enjoying a bologna sandwich at the Hollis Country Store – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
- Chuck’s Blog: Exploring Arkansas Feb. 2016
A dream castle, the re-opening of a 1905 general store, a moonshiners cave by the falls and enjoying a huge hubcap burger – it’s all coming up in the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Oct. 2015
Take the old poodle skirt out of mothballs, get out the butch wax for that flat top haircut and shine up the chrome on the ‘57 Chevy, ‘cause we’re taking you to back to the drive-in during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” August 2015
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Aug. 3, we'll explore the outdoor world in a fascinating way with a new addition at Mid-America Science Museum, take a dip in the "Shine Eye" swimming hole, visit the 20th Century Doll Museum and stop by the Potts Inn!
- Chuck’s Blog – June “Exploring Arkansas”
The Natural State’s newest scenic byway, an impressive twin waterfall, one of the South’s most famous grist mills and a picturesque backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest – they’re all in store for the latest edition of “Exploring Arkansas” coming up Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2015
Coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for May 4, we’ll hike to one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, shoot some arrows with a primitive bow maker and get a taste of heaven on the palate with a family whose maple syrup gathering spans six generations.
- 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” Jan. 2016
From 4-wheeling atop Mt. Magazine, to attending the South’s largest craft fair, to touring a historic Victorian mansion, to taking a drive along the “Take Your Breath Away” scenic route — it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
- 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!
- 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 - “Exploring Arkansas” April 2016
Wednesday evening, April 6, marks the start of a brand new night for “Exploring Arkansas” with a special new episode that stops into Osage Clayworks, the National Park Aquarium, Arkansas Living Treasure Lorrie Popow’s studio and the Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area. Join us to kick off AETN’s Think Wednesday programming (and stay after with great episodes of “Nature” and “NOVA”) at 6:30 p.m.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2015
From Pivot Rock to Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and everything else in between – the brand new Labor Day edition of “Exploring Arkansas” promises to give you some great ideas to get out and explore The Natural State during this holiday period. Tune in Monday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
- "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.
- Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” July 2015
The Arkansas Sphinx, big bass on little Lake Atkins, and life at Subiaco Abbey and Academy – it’s all coming up in a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
- 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.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2016
“To the Bat Cave, Robin!” That was a classic line in the old “Batman” TV series, and we visit Batesville to go there - in a sense - and then make stops at Gravity Hill, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum and Mount Magazine in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas”! Come with us on Wednesday, May 4, 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 - 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 – “Exploring Arkansas” Nov. 2015
Ever get stuck between a rock and a hard place? Well, in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Nov. 2, I found myself in exactly that kind of predicament during a mountain bike outing in Fayetteville.
- 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.
- 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.”
- “Exploring Arkansas” – March 2017
Coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’re seeing how restoring murals is revitalizing a town’s history and art; reliving Ozark history by experiencing the lifestyle in early pioneer historic buildings; finding out about the “white” in White Cliffs Natural Area and trying not to “shoot my eye out” at the Daisy Airgun Museum. Watch with us in the premiere on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas”
There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
- Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” March 2016
From striper fishing ... to being catapulted in the air at a bike park ... to exploring a cave for a lost civilization … to chowing down on some ribs at a popular family-owned barbecue restaurant – it’s all coming up Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. on “Exploring Arkansas!”
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!