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  • Chuck’s Blog - July “Exploring Arkansas”
    Can’t visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona? Well, then, visit the Grand Canyon in Arkansas! That’s right – during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., you can experience what is known as “Arkansas’ Grand Canyon,” south of Jasper, a float trip down the Mulberry River, a mountain biking frenzy along the Earthquake Ridge Trail and the St. Joe Railroad Depot's history.
  • June “Exploring Arkansas” - Hiking, Boatbuilding, Expeditions & Battlefields
    From hiking a picturesque trail overlooking the Little Red River in Heber Springs, to visiting with a wooden boat builder in Bentonville, to spending time with students at DeSoto Bluff overlooking the Ouachita River in Arkadelphia, to learning about a Civil War skirmish at Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park in Jacksonville – you won’t want to miss the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chuck’s Blog — May “Exploring Arkansas”
    Join us for a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. as we take you to Mulberry Valley Falls, the daffodils at Wye Mountain, fly-fishing for trout on the Little Red River and to something called the Natural Bridge of Arkansas.
  • Chuck’s Blog - April Exploring Arkansas
    During a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode coming up on Monday April 7, join us as we go on a falconry outing, visit Marble Falls and Standing Rock, and then close it all out by taking you down on the levee – as in the Mississippi River levee. Watch it on Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., and keep reading for a sneak preview!
  • February "Exploring Arkansas" - An Ozark Winter
    From a snowy river overlook, to an icy waterfall, to a “snow float” – the beauty of an Ozark winter will be featured during the latest “Exploring Arkansas” episode Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about our visits to the Mulberry River, Glory Hole Falls, Crooked Creek and the Grant County Museum after the jump.
  • January "Exploring Arkansas" - Highflying Adventure
    From zooming around in a George Jetson-type auto gyro…hiking to Artist Point Falls…to visiting a bluff shelter where ancient Ozark Bluff Dwellers once called home – all this and more is in store during a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chuck's Blog - Plantation Homes of Arkansas
    They came to Arkansas from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to the rich river soil of the Delta. “Planters” arrived to grow the king of all crops – cotton. The stately homes these planters built with a unique architectural style, steeped in Southern history, exemplified the plantation era. Experience the plantation homes of Arkansas that have not … gone with the wind ... Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chuck's Blog - Snorkeling, Wildcaving & Kayaking
    Snorkeling, wild caving and floating down the river! Three fantastic ways to enjoy and explore Arkansas are coming up Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”
  • Celebrate Labor Day with a new "Exploring Arkansas"
    Flowers, butterflies, vineyards and zipping along on one of the top zip lines in North America is what we have for you during the brand new Labor Day episode of "Exploring Arkansas," Monday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Summer Fun With New "Exploring Arkansas"
    Coming up Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., another brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas will take you for a dip in an Ozark swimming hole, back in time along the Mississippi River to an old plantation site, fishing along the Little Buffalo River in Jasper and taking in several of the Wildflower Routes throughout The Natural State.
  • July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making
    Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful De Gray Lake near Arkadelphia, going back in time at Historic Washington and taking in the gorgeous views along Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park. Get the details about our July 1 episode after the jump!
  • Spring is here! Make the most of season with "Exploring Arkansas."
    The sun's shining, the flowers are blooming and these balmy temperature make it easy to enjoy Arkansas's great outdoors! Shake off the winter blues and get ready to discover the wonders around you with the "Exploring Arkansas" website. From Chuck Dovish's top 10 favorite places to a search feature that lets you find sights and activities near you, we have everything you need to plan your own adventure!
  • Exploring Arkansas - April 2013
    During a brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas on Monday, April 1, we'll first take you out to a lesser-known waterfall and cascades along the side of Mt. Nebo, near Dardanelle. Then, we'll head out to historic Hardy, the smallest town in Arkansas to have a Main Street program. Finally, we'll close out with a hike with author Blair Dietering to the homestead of Eva "Granny" Barnes Henderson, of National Geographic renown, near the Buffalo National River.
  • "Bayou Bartholomew" Premieres Thursday, March 14
    Two years in the making, our one-hour documentary on the world’s longest bayou – Bayou Bartholomew is finally set to premiere on AETN Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.  
  • Exploring Arkansas - New Februrary Episode
    If you’d like to get a jump on  the upcoming float season…check out our brand new Exploring Arkansas episode on Monday, February 4.  In the first segment we’ll take you down War Eagle Creek north of Huntsville near Withrow Springs State Park. Also, join us to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, the Petit Jean River WMA and newly discovered waterfalls near Ozark, Ark.
  • Exploring Arkansas: Northbound & Down … Loaded Up & Truckin’
    Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. "Exploring Arkansas" is going to do what definitely can be done: take you down the Ozark Moonshine Run, which forms a 110 mile loop south of Harrison, utilizing six state highways. Now, while running into some “white lightning” is highly unlikely, you will experience what many travelers refer to as “the most picturesque route in northwest Arkansas,” since part of the drive takes you along a couple of the less traveled roads in that part of the state. 
  • Be sure to catch the Butterfield Stagecoach Route on tonight's episode of Exploring Arkansas
    You can re-trace the longest stagecoach route in the history of the world – by driving a portion of it through northwest Arkansas by way of the Butterfield Heritage Trail. Another gem of a hiking trail that's hardly been publicized until now, is the one that loops around Lake Alma in the town of Alma. A unique mountain biking experience along Crowley's Ridge can be enjoyed at Village Creek State Park north of Forrest City. Hiking and blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishing are offered at the Conservation Education Center along Crooked Creek near Yellville.
  • Buffalo National River edition-“Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 10
    A special edition of “Exploring Arkansas” will air Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to feature and celebrate the Buffalo National River’s 40th anniversary of its dedication as America’s first National River. 
  • Plan your next trip at the new Exploring Arkansas website
    For a guide to the outdoors in Arkansas, AETN has a brand new "Exploring Arkansas" website where you can plan your next trip by searching by season, region, or activity at home or on the go using your mobile device. Check out Chuck's 10 favorite places, view a photo gallery and more. To get you excited about your outing, you can also watch any of the past 250 and current episodes.
  • Win a family outing with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovish
    Ever wondered…hmmm…..what it would be like to hang out with Chuck during one of his grand adventures around the Natural State?  Here’s your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansas’s plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks.  Sign up online before April 30!
  • “Exploring Arkansas” now in HD – premieres January 2
    “Exploring Arkansas” in HD – premieres Jan. 2 and includes trips to some truly unexpected places you can’t always find in Arkansas.  And believe me, you won’t want to miss Chuck in a pirate’s shirt.  What struck me is how appropriate it looks on him.  A previous life as a pirate explorer me thinks?  I’m not too sure I’m that far off with that one mateys.  And now shot in HD, even more beautiful.
  • Arkansas's National Wildlife Refuges
    Often referred to as “America’s Best Kept Secret,” National Wildlife Refuges protect unique ecosystems all across America. Host Chuck Dovish travels to nine of Arkansas’s national wildlife refuges that host waterfowl, bald eagles and other unique plants and animals.
  • Natural State Wildflower Byways
    Now that spring has sprung -- and will be blossoming into all its glory...I need to tell you about the Highway Department Wildflower program. Yes, their job never ends you know -- in February they had to clear all the ice and snow...and now they have to plant wildflowers of all things !  Ahh, but it's well-worth it !  Crimson and clover....crimson and clover.....oops !  Sorry, daydreamed off their for a sec. Anyway...yes, this is about the coolest thing the Highway Department has come up with in awhile, other than those info signs that you see as well --and the orange barrels -- can never have enough of those.
  • My Favorite Winter Getaways
    Now that the snow is finally flying in the air and is sticking to the ground in some areas...it's time to venture out to one of the Natural State's magnificent winter weekend getaways.  Here are a few of my favorites while Exploring Arkansas.
  • Autumn In Arkansas
    From all indications, autumn in Arkansas this year should be a good one.  All the ingredients thus far are there -- crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days which are allowing leaves to do their thing.  Yes, to do their thing. If you want a more scientific explanation of leaves changing color..you'll have to go elsewhere.  Sorry, I'm not a botanist or scientist -- I only explore Arkansas.  One of the best ways to experience Arkansas's autumn splendor is by taking one of the many designated scenic drives throughout the state.
  • Meet Me In The Park - continues
    Just a note of "thanks" to all who were able to make it on August 29 to the Buffalo National River at Tyler Bend Visitor Center for AETN's Meet Me In The Park events.
  • Exploring AR's National Parks
    "Exploring Arkansas's National Parks" -- airing 4pm September 27.  DVD's of the program will be available. Speaking of National Parks  -- in case you haven't heard, you can explore your parks this summer during AETN's Meet Me In The Park events, which I'll be be attending several down the road.
  • Falcon Bottoms Natural Area
    Just want to thank everyone who came out to the Rotary meeting in Magnolia on Thursday the 18th before we headed out on Dorcheat Bayou in the Falcon Bottoms for a segment we did there that will air on Labor Day, September 7th at 6:30pm.
  • Dorcheat Bottoms
    Big turnout in Shirley last Saturday during their homecoming parade and the Lucky Ducky Regatta !  Thank you all for those who attended! Magnolia is next on tap for June 18th. First, at noon we'll partake of all the good eats at Millers Cafeteria and then I'll be speaking to the Rotary Club there.
  • Shirley, Arkansas visit
    Hi there friends and viewers !  Welcome to my first blog on AETN ! Wonderful time coming up this Saturday June 6th as I pay a visit to one of my favorite Arkansas towns -- Shirley !! SALUTE !!  As they used to say on Hee Haw!