Treat yourself to a thick malt, heaping scoops of ice cream or chocolate soda at the old-fashioned snack bar inside Montauk State Park’s lodge. Hungry for a big breakfast, homestyle meal or fresh-grilled burger? Mosey into the full service casual restaurant to order off the menu or get the buffet. You won’t go hungry in Salem, which has a surprising number of restaurants. Local favorite Annie’s Grill (903 W. Scenic Rivers Blvd., 573-729-9999) features burgers, pulled pork and homestyle cooking. For live music or karaoke, try JB Malone’s Bar & Grill (1727 W. Highway 32, 573-729-6881). The menu includes starters like cheese curds, fried pickles and portobella mushrooms, plus entrees of steak and chicken. Two local restaurants feature Mexican fare: Bigos (1100 E. Scenic Rivers Blvd., 573-729-8600) and Arandas (1000 S. Main St., 573-729-2196). For a frozen treat, stop by Scoops Central Ice Cream & Eatery (1136 S. Main St., 573-453-2650).
To Salem: Take US 60 east to US 63 north. Turn east onto Missouri 32; continue into Salem. (About two hours, 15 minutes.)
To Montauk State Park: From Houston, head north on US 63, take Highway P then Missouri 137. Take Highway VV to Missouri 119 and follow 19 into the park. (About two hours.)
How Long to Stay
Long weekend—or longer in Montauk State Park.
What to Pack
Outdoor gear for hiking, fishing, paddling—don’t forget your camera!