Check out the new, 14-part digital-first series “Exploring Arkansas: Trails Less Traveled” beginning Wednesday, May 6th. A new episode will premiere each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Follow host Chuck Dovish’s blog below, new each Monday, and watch at youtube.com/exploringarkansas, on the Engage Arkansas PBS app, and on Facebook (@ArkansasPBS). The episodes will also air during prime time on Arkansas PBS the Thursday following the premiere.
Chuck Dovish guides viewers to his 12 favorite places to cool off during a hot summer in “Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimmin’ Holes.”
Viewers are invited to explore the following 12 locations in this new special:
Falling Water Falls – East of Ben Hur in the Ozark National Forest, Falling Water Falls is rated one of the best swimming holes in the entire Ozark region.
Rosa-Hole – North of Mountain View on North Sylamore Creek, Rosa-Hole is a tucked away gem that’s frequented mostly by locals.
Jack Creek – South of Booneville in the Ouachita National Forest is the Jack Creek Recreation Area, known for cliff diving into a natural, deep pool.
Ozark Campground – North of Jasper along the upper portion of the Buffalo National River is the Ozark Campground, complete with a swimming hole by a high, picturesque bluff.
DeGray Lake – Among the highlights of snorkeling at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia are the “rock reefs” around the islands.
Cossatot River – The Cossatot River in Southwest Arkansas is well known with white water kayakers, but in the summer this raging river turns into a calm stream with deep pools ideal for snorkeling.
West Fork – Along the West Fork of the White River, in the town of West Fork south of Fayetteville, is a “developed” swimming hole at Riverside Park.
Long Pool – The Long Pool Recreation Area in the Ozark National Forest northwest of Dover along Big Piney Creek features a large, natural pool.
Gunner Pool/Barkshed – The Gunner Pool and Barkshed Recreation Areas in the Ozark National Forest north of Fifty-Six along scenic North Sylamore Creek offer prime wilderness swimming and camping adventures.
Shine Eye – Located in the middle portion of the Buffalo National River north of Silver Hill is a swimming hole called Shine Eye.
Blanchard Springs – The Blanchard Springs Recreation Area north of Mountain View offers not one, but two swimming holes.
Silver Bridge – The Silver Bridge swimming hole on the Mulberry River, north of the town of Mulberry, has been an iconic gathering place for many generations.
Before coming to Arkansas PBS, 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.
2018 Communicator Award of Excellence from the International Academy of the Visual Arts for Best Film/Video Entertainment
2011 Second Place Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Sports Reporting
2009 Conservation Award from the Sierra Club for Environmental Reporting
2008 Award of Excellence from the International Videographer Award for Outdoor/Sports
2007 Silver Telly Award for Travel/Tourism
Exploring Arkansas: Downtown Jasper
The Jasper, Arkansas, town square is always abuzz with activity - whether it be a farmer's market or biker enthusiasts taking a break from a ride. Get to know the 'Elk Capital of Arkansas,' a little bit of its history, community projects and local businesses — including a 'Museum of Junk.'
Exploring Arkansas: Mountain Village 1890
Take a trip back in time — nearly 130 years back, in fact — in today’s digital-first Exploring Arkansas segment when we set off for Mountain Village 1890 in Bull Shoals, Arkansas.
Exploring Arkansas: Little Italy
Ciao, amici! Chuck heads out to the foothills of the Ouachita mountains — a place that reminded the founders of their homeland so much that they eventually called it Little Italy, Arkansas. We find out how the descendants of Joseph and Maria Belotti are working to keep the community’s vineyards alive and productive and check out the Little Italy Heritage Museum to get a better understanding of how these immigrants made their way in Arkansas, Land of Opportunity.
Exploring Arkansas: KWEM
Find out how West Memphis station KWEM Radio helped jumpstart the careers of iconic artists — like Willie Mitchell, Howling Wolf, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, BB King and more.
Exploring Arkansas: Peebles Farm
Learn how a request from Harding Academy sparked the family farming operation to move from simply wholesaling watermelons and pumpkins to offer a pumpkin patch, corn maze, games, rides and much, much more in this digital-first Exploring Arkansas segment.
Exploring Arkansas: Arkansaurus
Take a closer look at a unique species of dinosaur found only in The Natural State, the Arkansaurus! We'll go with host Chuck Dovish to look at the life-size model on display at the Arkansas Geological Commission Learning Center in Little Rock, and visit with Joe Friday of Lockesburg, who unearthed the footbones of the prehistoric creature.
Exploring Arkansas: Holly Classics
If you're a fan of antique and classic cars, then you need to go on a little ride with us to Holly Classics in Hot Springs Village. Cruise on down with host Chuck Dovish in this week’s Exploring Arkansas digital-first segment.
Exploring Arkansas: West Fork Swimmin’ Hole
There’s a real gem of a swimmin’ hole in West Fork, Arkansas, that’s perfect for swimming and fishing as our hot weather days extend into fall! Get to know Riverside Park’s offerings with host Chuck Dovish in this week’s Exploring Arkansas digital-first segment.
Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Country Music
Tune in to dive into The Natural State's rich country music history with visits to see Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home; Arkansas Living Treasure and fiddle maker and player Violet Hensley; Mountain View, Arkansas, bluegrass prodigy Mary Parker; and Searcy, Arkansas, banjo builder Randall Wyatt!
Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas
Some of Arkansas's most notorious and scariest places are featured in this special edition of Exploring Arkansas – the Crescent and Basin Hotels in Eureka Springs, the Allen House in Monticello, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock, King Opera House in Van Buren and the Peel Mansion in Bentonville.
Chuck’ Blog — “Natural State Swimming Holes” Summertime in Arkansas means checking out all the fantastic swimming holes The Natural State has to offer, and that’s exactly what Chuck Dovish is doing in a new “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition” feature Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.! Check out what you have to look forward to in “Natural State Swimming Holes” in his blog post now.
“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” — Exploring Arkansas as a Family This summer in “Trails Less Traveled” and in every “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Chuck Dovish gives us great ideas for getting outside and taking a closer look at The Natural State. But what are some of his favorite places to visit as a family? Check out his top five suggestions after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog— “Trails Less Traveled: Ravenden Springs” This week on “Trails Less Traveled,” we’re visiting a Northeast Arkansas and what was once a spa town with five “healing” springs. See what they can do for you and dive into the many surrounding caves and sights available along the trail in this week’s blog ahead of our digital episode, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog— “Trails Less Traveled: Kings River Overlook” Floating the Kings River in Northwest Arkansas is always a wonderful adventure! But, if you’ve never seen this river from an eagle’s vantage point, then you’re missing out on one of the most scenic overlooks in the state. Get the scoop on how to reach it in Chuck Dovish’s latest blog post ahead of this week’s “Trails Less Traveled” episode premiering Wednesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog- “Trails Less Traveled: Round Top Mountain” Round Top Mountain, like Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock, is one of those types of mountains that just juts out at you amidst the surrounding countryside. Learn about the many trail options it offers and its bittersweet history in Chuck Dovish’s latest “Trails Less Traveled” blog after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog- “Trails Less Traveled: Red Bluff Overlook” The trail to Red Bluff Overlook in the middle portion of the Buffalo National River is, without a doubt, the shortest trail in our “Trails Less Traveled” series. How about 40 feet or so to the overlook? Think y’all can handle that? See why the short trip is so spectacular after the jump!
Chuck’s Blog — Trails Less Traveled: Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail Even if you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you can still explore the world’s longest bayou by way of the Bayou Bartholomew Nature Trail in Pine Bluff! Learn more about the 1.7-mile loop trail and the wildlife you can see in one of the most biodiverse streams in the nation after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Horner Neck Lake” Horner Neck Lake is, for the most part, a well-kept secret. So, if y’all promise to keep it hush-hush, I’m sure the locals will appreciate it. Get the scoop in my latest “Trails Less Traveled” post after the jump, and don’t miss the full, digital-first episode on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Ranch North Woods Preserve” Ranch North Woods Preserve is a conversation success story. Learn how this “oasis in the city” — with 234 acres of fields, forests and wetlands — was saved by the Arkansas Nature Conservancy and why it’s a floater’s haven in Chuck Dovish’s latest “Trails Less Traveled” blog.
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Winding Stairs Trail” There’s a great hike in store for you in the remote setting of the Ouachita National Forest southeast of Mena. Read on to find out why the Winding Stairs Trail is a gem of a trails that’s been a favorite of host Chuck Dovish ever since he set foot in Arkansas more than four decades ago!
“Exploring Arkansas: Trails Less Traveled” One-Hour Broadcast Special A new one-hour broadcast special “Exploring Arkansas: Trails Less Traveled,” featuring host Chuck Dovish highlighting less-trafficked hiking and waterway options to experience safely while observing social distance, will premiere Sunday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS. Dovish will host a live Facebook chat during the broadcast at facebook.com/arkansaspbs. Learn more after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Highway 123 Falls” Sometimes, you can find astounding attractions off the beaten path that are just a short hop and a skip away. You’ll see why that’s true in this week’s “Trails Less Traveled” feature, Highway 123 Falls! Get a preview in Chuck’s latest blog after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Madison County Falls” No doubt you’ve heard of the popular novel turned film “The Bridges of Madison County.” Well, how about the waterfalls of Madison County in Arkansas? While it might not be a household name, yet, these less traveled trails are ones you won’t want to miss! Find out why with Chuck Dovish as we get ready for a new digital-first episode Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog — “Trails Less Traveled: Moonshiners Cave and Falls” Some “trails less traveled” might owe a little of their solitude to a few tricks — like an unmarked trailhead — but with the right directions, we’re making just a little easier to make your way to Moonshiners Cave and Falls! Find out more and get ready for the full episode Wednesday, May 13, after the jump in this week’s blog!
Chuck’s Blog – “Trails Less Traveled: Marinoni Scenic Area” A walk in an enchanted forest? Yes, in The Natural State you can do just that, and it’s the ideal place to begin our “Trails Less Traveled” series! Get ready for the digital-first premiere on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the scoop on the Marinoni Scenic Area trail and sights with host Chuck Dovish.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Trails Less Traveled Digital Series As Arkansas’s state parks and natural areas get ready to re-open, we decided to start a special “Exploring Arkansas” digital series this May to give folks an idea of where you can safely go in the great outdoors — places where it’s not crowded, so that social distancing won’t be an issue. Read on to find about more about the “trails less traveled” we plan to feature!
Exploring Arkansas Winter Destinations Winter in The Natural State takes on its own magnificent beauty. The only catch is braving the cold temps! It’s worth it, though, for some of the sites you’ll get to take in. Check out my latest blog post for ideas on where to head out to and, after you check out some of my favorite winter destinations, get more tips on ideas for hiking, biking and caving in “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Favorite Arkansas Locations” Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: May 2019” A pristine lake; snakes and more snakes; a historic lookout; waterfalls and off-roading – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, May 1! Tune in at 6:30 p.m. on AETN, or check out a digital-first look with segments on Facebook at facebook.com/ExploringArkansas.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: April 2019" From waterfall exploration and going back to “old school” learning to touring an antebellum home in El Dorado and discovering the secret to Searcy’s success story – it’s all on the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas”!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: March 2019” Being chased by dinosaurs, trying to keep a balance on a popular wobbling rock, descending into Blowing Cave, learning the art of banjo building and observing the white pelicans on Lake Conway – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: February 2019" Dodging the namesake residents at Rattlesnake Ridge, hanging out at a historic bus depot in Blytheville, being serenaded by trumpeter swans in Heber Springs and swinging a hammer at America’s Blacksmith Shop in Mountain View – it’s all on tap during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: January 2019” Fiddling around in Mountain View; going back to the “Three R’s” in a restored, one-room school house; taking an autumn drive; mountain biking at Illinois Bayou Park and enjoying a nice, big juicy burger at A&A City Café in Parkin – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: December 2018" This month on "Exploring Arkansas," meet bluegrass prodigy Mary Parker, check out Village Creek State Park's kayaking and fishing opportunities, visit Walnut Ridge's Wings of Honor WWII Museum and investigate Y City's boulder "erratics." It's all coming up in a new episode Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — August “Exploring Arkansas” is a Watery Adventure! Our brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for August 4 includes a dream come true for an 88-year-young woman who has wanted to float the Buffalo National River. There’s also kayaking and tubing adventure at a whitewater recreation park near Siloam Springs and a dive into the ol’ swimming hole at the Longpool Recreation Area near Dover.
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.
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.
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 - 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.”
Exploring Arkansas now in HD premieres January 2 Exploring Arkansas in HD premieres Jan. 2 and includes trips to some truly unexpected places you cant always find in Arkansas. And believe me, you wont want to miss Chuck in a pirates shirt. What struck me is how appropriate it looks on him. A previous life as a pirate explorer me thinks? Im not too sure Im that far off with that one mateys. And now shot in HD, even more beautiful.
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.
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.
Exploring Arkansas - New Februrary Episode If youd 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 well 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.
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.
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!
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!
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? Heres your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansass plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks. Sign up online before April 30!
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas November 2018” It doesn’t happen too often but, lo and behold, we have five full segments coming up for you in our Nov. 7 “Exploring Arkansas” episode! Keep reading to learn more about our stops at Ritter Farms in Marked Tree, Garvan Woodland Gardens’ outstanding new treehouse, Lee Creek Reservoir Recreation Area, La Petite Roche Plaza and Shoal Bay Park.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas" October 2018 There's great stuff coming up for "Exploring Arkansas" in October! For those of you who have a big hankering for more of our show, starting Oct. 1, we have new air times for extra adventure on weeknights at 10. Then, at 6:30 on Oct. 3, we’ll visit the newest state park facility in Wilson and take you back to the year 1400, discover some hidden gems, test some fabulous Italian cooking and more in this month's new episode!
Fall Schedule Changes Kick Off Oct. 1 As we shift into autumn, it’s also time to settle into exciting new schedules. Beginning Oct. 1, don’t miss our expanded Friday night public affairs block highlighting “Arkansas Week,” extra “Exploring Arkansas” broadcasts airing every weeknight for outdoor enthusiasts across The Natural State, and a Thursday night addition with new-to-broadcast series “Jamestown.”
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: September 2018” Touring the largest mound site in the state, eating a few bugs at DeGray Lake Resort State Park; throwing a line in at Storm Creek Lake, exploring Little Grand Canyon and attending summer camp at Camp Mitchell atop Petit Jean Mountain – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2018” From exploring one of the latest Nature Conservancy preserves and enjoying Pogue Springs to touring Historic Cane Hill and devouring a “Big Pig” at the Susie Q Malt Shop drive-in at Rogers – it’s all in the new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas: July 2018” Exploring a crevasse wonderland, rafting on the Mulberry, strumming on a few cowboy guitars; floating on a Nature Conservancy preserve and taking a look back on the Lake Conway monster mystery – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on July 4!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2018” Exploring life-size sandstone castles, playing with the ultimate model train set, spending time with the “Fiddleman” in Bentonville and hiking to Big Creek Cave Falls – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 6.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas" May 2018 From a light saber duel as a Jedi to enjoying a waterfall paradise as easy as 1,2,3 and being welcomed in Welcome, Arkansas, to sipping on a tasty treat at the iconic Mammoth Orange Café in Redfield – it’s a great kick-off to summer all coming up Wednesday, May 2, during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: April 2018” Enjoying the peaceful tranquility at Bard Springs National Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest; checking out some classic cars at the Four States Auto Museum in Texarkana; visiting the barbershop where Elvis got his GI haircut; and having a Moon Pie at a restored 1930s country store south of Heber Springs – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: March 2018” Your carriage ride to the castle awaits; the sheer rock walls at Jamestown Crag beckon your climb; more than meets the eye at the ASU museum; and the oldest continuous town in Arkansas just may surprise you! It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: February 2018” Taking a flight back in time aboard a B-17 “Flying Fortress”; being mesmerized at Red Bluff Overlook along the Buffalo National River; taking a stroll through Historic Calico Rock and experiencing early America at the White County Pioneer Village in Searcy – it’s all coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: January 2018” Fishing for world-class trout on the White River; digging for crystals at the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig; taking a back roads tour between Little Rock and Memphis; and enjoying fine Mexican cuisine at a place you wouldn’t expect – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: December 2017” Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!
Capture Fall Color for a Chance to Win Fall is in the air, and The Natural State’s true colors are starting to show! “Exploring Arkansas” fans who share their favorite fall photo have could win a great jacket from the show for their next autumn outing. Submit your photo in the “Exploring Arkansas” Facebook contest by noon on Nov. 30 for a chance to win!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: November 2017” Taking a stroll down automobile memory lane at the Museum of Automobiles, watching a former world champion chainsaw carver at work, taking a hike along the Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville and having a Coke float at the soda fountain in the oldest drugstore in the state in Pocahontas: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: October 2017” Taking a dip in the cool waters of the Buffalo National River, making like a bear and getting honey from a beehive, learning about the Ozark Hellbender Salamander and taking another dip at the Silver Bridge Swimming Hole on the Mulberry River: it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas – Sept. 2017” Exploring a cave full of salamanders; visiting the Scott Plantation Settlement; going fishing for gar; and getting up close with snakes, bugs and everything else at an ecology camp – it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2017” Hiking through the breathtaking Marinoni Scenic Area, hanging out with the precision riding team known as the “Old Fort Days Dandies,” fiddling around at the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and visiting the Birdhouse Capital of America – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: July 2017” Reliving the Doolittle Raid with a Marine B-25 “ghost” plane, hiking to Rattlesnake Falls in the Ozark National Forest, visiting the historic town of Leslie, attending the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia and mountain biking along the Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail along the shores of Norfork Lake near Mountain Home – it’s all on the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2017” Frolicking throughout Camden’s millions of daffodils, getting a haircut in the oldest barbershop in the nation, attending the Arkansas Outdoor School and having lunch at the iconic Pickens Store and Restaurant: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 7.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017 Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2017 Observing bald eagles, hiking to a Native American bluff shelter with a historic spring, visiting the oldest log structure in the state and chowing down on some famous hot tamales – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 5!
“Exploring Arkansas” – Feb. 2017 From a cast iron cook off and driving along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to hiking the Black Fork Mountain Trail and learning about the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of Eastern Arkansas, it’s all in the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Exploring Arkansas” – Jan. 2017 Experiencing folklife in the Ozarks from long ago, enjoying a backyard railroad like none other, taking a drive along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, and teaming up with a mule team wagon train – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Jan. 4!
“Exploring Arkansas” December 2016 Alligators, a recreated 19th century village, a Native American bluff shelter with petroglyphs that happens to be on a golf course, and a five-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere? It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” November 2016 Coming up Nov. 2 in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, we’ll take you from one historic swinging bridge near Mountain View to another one in Beaver, check out some unusual fairy tale sculpture/architecture near Eureka Springs, visit the oldest church in Arkansas near Searcy, and look back to the day folks in Paragould thought they were experiencing the end of the world.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2016 From crappie fishing to taking a cool dip in an Ozark swimming hole to chomping down on one of the South’s prized coconut cream pies — it’s all coming up (and then some!) in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Aug. 2016 Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 3, we’ll attend an open air painting festival in Eureka Springs, take part in all the fishing fun at Bear Creek Lake in the St. Francis National Forest, dine in a jetliner restaurant and learn about the forgotten tragedy of the sinking of the Sultana near Marion.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” July 2016 From pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Arkansas Folk Festival … to visiting an Ozark paradise complete with cabins and waterfalls…to visiting a town which was once called “Arkansas’s Dream Town”— it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” June 2016 From hiking to a remote waterfall in the Ozark National Forest and tiptoeing through the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens to making a phone call from one of the last remaining working phone booths and enjoying a bologna sandwich at the Hollis Country Store – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
Chuck’s Blog: Exploring Arkansas Feb. 2016 A dream castle, the re-opening of a 1905 general store, a moonshiners cave by the falls and enjoying a huge hubcap burger – it’s all coming up in the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Oct. 2015 Take the old poodle skirt out of mothballs, get out the butch wax for that flat top haircut and shine up the chrome on the ‘57 Chevy, ‘cause we’re taking you to back to the drive-in during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” August 2015 Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Aug. 3, we'll explore the outdoor world in a fascinating way with a new addition at Mid-America Science Museum, take a dip in the "Shine Eye" swimming hole, visit the 20th Century Doll Museum and stop by the Potts Inn!
Chuck’s Blog – June “Exploring Arkansas” The Natural State’s newest scenic byway, an impressive twin waterfall, one of the South’s most famous grist mills and a picturesque backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest – they’re all in store for the latest edition of “Exploring Arkansas” coming up Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2015 Coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for May 4, we’ll hike to one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, shoot some arrows with a primitive bow maker and get a taste of heaven on the palate with a family whose maple syrup gathering spans six generations.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2015 Coming up in a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll visit and jam with Arkansas’s Fiddle Queen, take you to view bald eagles along the White River near Bull Shoals and introduce you to the original duck dynasty.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” February 2015 Reliving the lifestyle and adventure of the American frontier, going on a photography outing along the Mulberry River in autumn and restoring wagons of the Old West – it’s all coming up during a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m.!
Chuck’s Blog – January 2015 “Exploring Arkansas” The first new “Exploring Arkansas” for 2015 includes fly-fishing with a world champion gold medalist, float-fishing for smallmouth bass and spending time with a log master craftsman – all coming up Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Jan. 2016 From 4-wheeling atop Mt. Magazine, to attending the South’s largest craft fair, to touring a historic Victorian mansion, to taking a drive along the “Take Your Breath Away” scenic route — it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” April 2016 Wednesday evening, April 6, marks the start of a brand new night for “Exploring Arkansas” with a special new episode that stops into Osage Clayworks, the National Park Aquarium, Arkansas Living Treasure Lorrie Popow’s studio and the Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area. Join us to kick off AETN’s Think Wednesday programming (and stay after with great episodes of “Nature” and “NOVA”) at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2015 From Pivot Rock to Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and everything else in between – the brand new Labor Day edition of “Exploring Arkansas” promises to give you some great ideas to get out and explore The Natural State during this holiday period. Tune in Monday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2016 “To the Bat Cave, Robin!” That was a classic line in the old “Batman” TV series, and we visit Batesville to go there - in a sense - and then make stops at Gravity Hill, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum and Mount Magazine in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas”! Come with us on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck's Blog - October "Exploring Arkansas" Aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, visiting the place where the “man in black” grew up, and wild and woolly rawhide adventure racing chuckwagons – it’s all on the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog - September “Exploring Arkansas” From walking on water, to mountain biking, to mountain man trout fishing to taking a dip in not one but two refreshing swimmin’ holes – it’s a great way to travel the Natural State in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on AETN!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Nov. 2015 Ever get stuck between a rock and a hard place? Well, in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Nov. 2, I found myself in exactly that kind of predicament during a mountain bike outing in Fayetteville.
“Exploring Arkansas” – March 2017 Coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’re seeing how restoring murals is revitalizing a town’s history and art; reliving Ozark history by experiencing the lifestyle in early pioneer historic buildings; finding out about the “white” in White Cliffs Natural Area and trying not to “shoot my eye out” at the Daisy Airgun Museum. Watch with us in the premiere on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas” There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” March 2016 From striper fishing ... to being catapulted in the air at a bike park ... to exploring a cave for a lost civilization … to chowing down on some ribs at a popular family-owned barbecue restaurant – it’s all coming up Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. on “Exploring Arkansas!”