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.
3/1 Historic Berryville, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, White Cliffs Natural Area, Daisy Airgun Museum
Founded in 1850, Berryville has a lot to offer – a mural restoration project puts the focus back on the town's history and art – also, museums – one containing a historic gun collection second to none. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which later became Springdale. Six historic buildings and special programs portray what life was like at that time. White Cliffs Natural Area at Millwood Lake is said to contain the highest grade of chalk in the country. World renowned Daisy Airgun Museum in Rogers contains the BB guns of boyhood in early America-- from the 1600's to the present. Including the famous Red Ryder made popular in a 1983 movie - "A Christmas Story."
3/8 Mulberry Valley Falls, Wye Mtn Daffodils, Little Red Fly Fishing, Natural Bridge of AR
In a remote area of the Ozark National Forest between Cass and Oark, along Mulberry Valley and the Mulberry River…is Mulberry Valley Falls – a spectacular three-tier waterfall hidden in the wilderness, and can only be reached by way of bushwhacking. Every spring, folks from all over make their annual pilgrimage to Wye Mountain northwest of Little Rock to view seven acres of more than thirty varieties of daffodils. The Little Red River in Heber Springs is a world-class trout stream where fly-fishing for rainbow trout is therapy for the soul. The Natural Bridge of Arkansas north of Clinton is a rock arch wonder that spans 105 feet and is more than three million years old.
3/15 Iron Mountain Trail, Historic Washington State Park, Yellow Rock Trail
The Iron Mountain Bike Trail along DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, when completed will be about 26 miles long. It offers a nice adventure ride that can be done in sections, or the entire length depending upon your physical ability. Historic Washington State Park is exactly that-an entire town that happens to be a state park. Washington was an important stop along the rugged Southwest Trail to Texas. It's also the home of the legendary Bowie knife. The Yellow Rock Trail at Devil's Den State Park offers magnificent views in all directions from atop Yellow Rock itself.
3/22 (Re-air of March 1)
3/29 Ozark Folklife Festival, Garden Steam RR, 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.