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.
4/5 Lake Dardanelle Eagles, Johnson Spring, Rice-Upshaw House, Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales
It's an almost 100 percent guarantee of seeing bald eagles when you take the eagle excursion at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville. –And that's because eagles nest there year round. The multi use trails at Pension Mountain south of Berryville will take you to historic Johnson Spring which was once the source of the city's water supply. The Rice-Upshaw house near Dalton in the NE corner of Arkansas happens to be the state's oldest known structure, built in 1828. Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village are exactly that, as folks from all over flock to this modest restaurant for not just the tamales, but also the great tasting 'soul' food.
4/12 Striper Fishing, Railyard Bike Park, Slay Cave, Hogpen BBQ
Hybrid bass or "stripers" as they're commonly called, are quite the fish to reel in, especially if they're close to forty pounds. Lake Ouachita is one of the favorite lakes to go catch them. Railyard Bike Park in Rogers is a dirt jump bike park that rivals many of those out on the west coast. Slay Cave in Snowball caused quite the stir back in the 1930's when the 10,000 year old "Arkansas Woman" was excavated measuring more than seven feet tall, according to a 1941 newspaper article –fact or folklore? Hogpen BBQ in Conway is a family tradition that many a folk have sworn by, as having the best barbecue in the state, and then some.
4/19 Ft Smith Trolley, B-29, Enders Fault Mtn Bike Tra
The Trolley Museum in Fort Smith is not just a static display. One of the three streetcars operates through town on a daily basis. From the nearly 4000 B-29's that were built during WWII, the only one still flying made a tour stop in Fayetteville, with the pilot being a local resident. Named after an active seismic fault in the area, the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail is the newest addition at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier.
4/26—(Re-air of April 5)