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“Exploring Arkansas” December 2016

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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.

Arkansas may not have the reputation for having alligators like our neighboring state of Louisiana down south, but they are here … and in quite an abundance, actually! When the reintroduction of gators began in the state during the early 1980s, there were only about two locations where gators existed. Now, you can view them in quite a few sections of The Natural State.


What began as a labor of love for one East Arkansas family has turned into a recreated 19th century village where pioneer history is brought to life. The Parker Pioneer Homestead in White Hall is actually an on-going project that began some three decades ago. Every year, the family adds on at least one structure to this unique 1800s setting.

Probably the very last thing you’d expect to find on a resort golf course is a Native American bluff shelter containing actual petroglyphs etched into the ceiling. But, off the 17th fairway on the golf course at Fairfield Bay, you can drive your golf cart right up into the bluff shelter and observe the thousands-of-years-old etchings for yourself.

Another thing you wouldn’t expect to find say, in the middle of nowhere (sort of), is a restaurant with five-star cuisine. South of the Buffalo National River in Low Gap is the Low Gap Café.

The dishes Chef Nick Bottini creates have people coming from miles around to dine on prime rib, filet mignon, pasta, shrimp, catfish, frog legs, salmon, lobster – should I stop? Bottini’s philosophy is simple: “If you make it good, they’ll come.” Get a taste for yourself Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. on AETN.


Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.