Big Piney River
Texas, Howell, Phelps and Pulaski County, Mo.
Estimated drive time: 2 hours, 20 minutes (Directions here)

The biggest tributary of the Gasconade River, the Big Piney is a great place for fishing. In the upper and middle reaches you’ll also have a great view, with limestone bluffs topped with pine trees. A number of lovely springs feed into the river, making it a great place to float. Some float trip options include Rich’s Last Resort and Wilderness Ridge Resort. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Alex Europa.