Polk County, north of Springfield, is home to the charming community of Bolivar, one of the longest, scenic trails in the Ozark Greenways network and Southwest Baptist University.
Polk County Museum in Bolivar, Missouri.
The Frisco Highline Trail is Missouri's second longest Rail-Trail, winding 35 miles through the scenic Ozarks, connecting Springfield and Bolivar. On what used to be train tracks, the trains have been replaced by bicyclists, walkers and runners. Wheels still turn on this former railroad corridor, but nowadays it's bicycle wheels spinning instead of rolling iron locomotives. The deer still bound away, the cattle still stare, and the small town folks still know how to fry up a pork tenderloin and make a stranger feel welcome.
You’ll find that Giant Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at the legendary Smith’s Restaurant, a locally owned restaurant serving up home-cooked food in a relaxed family atmosphere. Or if you're in the mood for barbecue, head over to Boone’s Barbecue barn in Bolivar for mouthwatering smoked meats, home cut fries and hand breaded onion rings.
Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
Historic downtown Bolivar is home to some specialty shops and restaurants along with the historic Polk County Courthouse and Polk County Museum. It’s also home several events throughout the year including Cruise-Ins (6 per year), Annual Car Show and Country Days on the town square.
Next time you’re in Springfield, head on up to Polk County!
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