Shadyside Recreation Area encompasses approximately 87 acres, including 63 acres of lake surrounded by a fitness trail with connection to the White River Trail system. It serves as a regional park attracting visitors from outside of Anderson and Madison County to fish, walk, or ride the level, paved loop around the lake.
The 2.65 mile trail encircles the lakes at Shadyside Recreation Area. The area contains two lakes used for fishing and nonpowered recreational boating. The trail within the area is actually divided into two trails by a rustic covered bridge. The north trail is approximately 1.1 miles in length and was upgraded in 1990 to also become the City’s first lighted walking trail. The south trail is 1.55 miles long and passes by the newly established Shadyside Activities Center with year round restroom facilities and two lighted tournament level sand volleyball courts. Walkers also pass by the Shadyside Bait Shop & Café that provides bait and tackle, and food concession for park users.