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Straight from the mouths of this charming community’s locals:

Many travelers drive through Siloam Springs without knowing that there are some terrific things to do and fantastic restaurants to try in our small town. In fact, Smithsonian.com named the city as one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America (May 2012).

Everywhere you look, nature abounds. Our parks, throughout the city, are open to the public and are a great way to spend an afternoon. Sager Creek has rock wall-lined banks and flows through the downtown area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the huge old trees, dogwoods, fountains, green spaces, duck crossings and footbridges. Also, there is the Dogwood Trail, a 2.04-mile paved running trail with some up and down terrain.

Unique specialty and antique/vintage shops in the downtown area are fun to shop. Try Occasions to find just the outfit you are looking for. They have clothing for every occasion and they keep a fresh pot of coffee going regardless of when you come in.

The Farmer’s Market, held every Tuesday and Saturday in City Park has everything including farm fresh produce, candles, gluten free bread, scones, perennials and the best chocolate hazelnut cookies you’ll find anywhere.

Siloam Springs has some of the best fishing to be found in AR. There are many streams, reservoirs and lakes to fish. Try Fagan Creek, Osage Creek or the Double Bar Ranch Lake. The area is known for Drum, Redear Sunfish and Largemouth bass.

Dependable canoeing, kayaking and rafting is available at the Illinois River’s Siloam Springs Whitewater Park.  Be sure to wear a life jacket at all times, especially since lifeguards are not present.