If you want just a picnic:
Peckers Beach in Springfield
Find It: In Springfield, take Hwy 65 to Battlefield, go east to Farm Road 164. Access is north on Farm Road 193.
Officially known as Crighton Access, this spot along the James River is well-loved for fishing and swimming. The roadside access is small but does have a picnic table or two.
Riverside Inn Park in Ozark
Find It: 2629 Riverside Rd, Ozark
What was once the property where Riverside Inn (a longstanding Ozark restaurant known for its fried chicken) sat is now an access point on the Finley River that’s great for both swimming and picnicking. Maybe pack some fried chicken in your basket for this one?