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.
1/4 Ozark Folklife Festival/Garden Steam Railroad/Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway/Mule Team Wagon Train
The Ozark Folklife Festival at Tyler Bend along the Buffalo National River is a heritage event which portrays how life was back when the region was first settled. A backyard garden steam railroad built by one model train buff is quite the sight to behold along the shores of Greers Ferry Lake. The Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway north of Clarksville offers the Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail, camping, remnants of an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp and one of the best burgers in the state. A mule team wagon train excursion near Cozahome along Big Creek, showcases some of the most spectacular scenery in north Arkansas.
1/11 Crappie Fishing/Mountain View Swimmin' Hole/Jacksonville Museum of Military History/Charlotte's Eats & Sweets
Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas has long been known for its great crappie fishing. Catching "slab" crappie in the 17-inch category is not out of the norm. Along North Sylamore Creek near Mountain View, near the North Sylamore Creek Trailhead is a secluded swimmin' hole complete with a rope swing that is quite popular with the locals. Jacksonville Museum of Military History sits on the old Arkansas Ordnance Plant site which manufactured bomb parts during WWII. She's known to many as the pie queen of the South—Charlotte Bowls of Keo who creates her 10-inch high meringue pies in a historic pharmacy building.
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1/25 Arkansas Gators/Parker Pioneer Homestead/Indian Rock Cave/Low Gap Cafe
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!