Exploring Arkansas

New episode first Wednesday of each month 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" received the Second Place Journalism Award from the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.

Wednesdays in May

  • 6/6 Sandstone Castles, Toy Train Museum, "Fiddleman", Big Creek Cave Falls
    The "Sandstone Castles" are actually caverns cut into the side of a bluff in the Richland Creek Wilderness of the Ozark National Forest near Lurton. Housed in an old country-style railroad depot, the Ruland Junction Toy Train Museum in Heber Springs is a family collection spanning more than 90 years. Arnold Layne is the "Fiddleman" of Bentonville – not only can he play ‘em..he's made nearly 300 of them since 1944. The Big Creek Cave Falls area south of Jasper is a wonderland of waterfalls, caves and mountain streams.
  • 6/13 Mossy Bluff National Nature Trail, Boat Builder, DeSoto Bluff Trail Park, Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park
    The Mossy Bluff National Nature Trail begins at the William Carl Garner Visitors Center in Heber Springs and meanders along a bluff, offering spectacular views of the Little Red River and Greers Ferry Dam. The lost art of handcrafting wooden canoes and kayaks is kept alive by a boat builder in Bentonville. DeSoto Bluff Trail Park in Arkadelphia overlooks the Ouachita River and serves as an outdoor classroom for area school students. Reed's Bridge Battlefield along Bayou Meto just south of Jacksonville, preserves the site of a forgotten Civil War skirmish in 1863. It also includes an 1860 era replica of a farmstead.
  • 6/20 (Re-air of June 6)
  • 6/27 Arkansas' Grand Canyon, Mulberry River Float, Earthquake Ridge Trail, St. Joe Railroad Depot
    The deepest canyon in the Ozarks south of Jasper is nicknamed—"Arkansas' Grand Canyon." It's been visited by millions of travelers since 1955 – including Harry and Bess Truman and Bill Clinton, who used the beauty of Scenic Byway 7 to propose to Hillary. The Mulberry River in northwest Arkansas was officially designated in 1985 by the state legislature as a "Wild and Scenic River." –A float trip down it, is definitely that ! Earthquake Ridge Trail north of Mena is a great hiking and mountain biking trail that parallels the Talimena Scenic Byway. It's named as such, not because of an earthquake, but after all the rock crevices nearby the trail. Early railroad days come alive at the restored 1902 St. Joe Historic RR Depot/Museum.

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  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2018”
    Exploring life-size sandstone castles, playing with the ultimate model train set, spending time with the “Fiddleman” in Bentonville and hiking to Big Creek Cave Falls – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 6.
  • Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas" May 2018
    From a light saber duel as a Jedi to enjoying a waterfall paradise as easy as 1,2,3 and being welcomed in Welcome, Arkansas, to sipping on a tasty treat at the iconic Mammoth Orange Café in Redfield – it’s a great kick-off to summer all coming up Wednesday, May 2, during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: April 2018”
    Enjoying the peaceful tranquility at Bard Springs National Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest; checking out some classic cars at the Four States Auto Museum in Texarkana; visiting the barbershop where Elvis got his GI haircut; and having a Moon Pie at a restored 1930s country store south of Heber Springs – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: March 2018”
    Your carriage ride to the castle awaits; the sheer rock walls at Jamestown Crag beckon your climb; more than meets the eye at the ASU museum; and the oldest continuous town in Arkansas just may surprise you! It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: February 2018”
    Taking a flight back in time aboard a B-17 “Flying Fortress”; being mesmerized at Red Bluff Overlook along the Buffalo National River; taking a stroll through Historic Calico Rock and experiencing early America at the White County Pioneer Village in Searcy – it’s all coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: January 2018”
    Fishing for world-class trout on the White River; digging for crystals at the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig; taking a back roads tour between Little Rock and Memphis; and enjoying fine Mexican cuisine at a place you wouldn’t expect – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m.!
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: December 2017”
    Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!
  • Capture Fall Color for a Chance to Win
    Fall is in the air, and The Natural State’s true colors are starting to show! “Exploring Arkansas” fans who share their favorite fall photo have could win a great jacket from the show for their next autumn outing. Submit your photo in the “Exploring Arkansas” Facebook contest by noon on Nov. 30 for a chance to win!
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: November 2017”
    Taking a stroll down automobile memory lane at the Museum of Automobiles, watching a former world champion chainsaw carver at work, taking a hike along the Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville and having a Coke float at the soda fountain in the oldest drugstore in the state in Pocahontas: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: October 2017”
    Taking a dip in the cool waters of the Buffalo National River, making like a bear and getting honey from a beehive, learning about the Ozark Hellbender Salamander and taking another dip at the Silver Bridge Swimming Hole on the Mulberry River: it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Oct. 4.
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas – Sept. 2017”
    Exploring a cave full of salamanders; visiting the Scott Plantation Settlement; going fishing for gar; and getting up close with snakes, bugs and everything else at an ecology camp – it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
  • Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2017”
    Hiking through the breathtaking Marinoni Scenic Area, hanging out with the precision riding team known as the “Old Fort Days Dandies,” fiddling around at the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and visiting the Birdhouse Capital of America – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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” 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.
  • 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 - 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 – “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.
  • 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!
  • “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.
  • 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!”