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.
12/7 Arkansas Gators/Parker Pioneer Homestead/Indian Rock Cave/Low Gap Café
Arkansas hasn't really been known for alligators, but ever since they were reintroduced in the state, that's steadily been changing. A visit to a swampy lake near Texarkana brings out a few of these pre-historic creatures. One of the best places in the state to experience how life was in a 19th century town, is the Parker Pioneer Homestead located in Whitehall in east Arkansas. One of the state's largest Native American bluff shelters containing petroglyphs happens to be on a golf course in Fairfield Bay. Low Gap Café, south of the Buffalo National River, west of Jasper, is a perfect example that you can't judge a book—or a place by its cover. This five-star restaurant with an acclaimed chef, features a menu filled with lobster, salmon, ahi tuna, shrimp, calamari, steaks, catfish, frog legs and pasta dishes galore!
12/14 Arkansas Sphinx/Lake Atkins/Subiaco Abbey
If you can't make it to Egypt to see the Great Sphinx, there's an Arkansas version of it in the Ozark National Forest northeast of Clarksville. Little Lake Atkins is big on bass – really big! How does anywhere from 5-10 pounds sound? Also, Lucky Landing Bait Shop there serves up some really big tasty burgers! Established in 1878 by Benedictine monks, there's more to Subiaco Abbey than meets the eye—including vineyards, a sawmill, carpentry shop and producing its own monk hot sauce – just to name a few!
12/21 (Re-air of Dec 7)
12/28 Smith Creek Nature Preserve/Wildcaving-Cosmic Cavern/Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail
The Nature Conservancy's newest preserve south of Boxley in northwest Arkansas is a haven for endangered bats and other wildlife. We'll take you on a hike through a portion of the 1200-acre tract. A wild cave tour at Cosmic Cavern near Berryville includes two underground lakes, the bottoms of which have never been found. A unique trail in Pine Bluff takes hikers along the world's longest bayou – Bayou Bartholomew, which stretches all the way into Louisiana.