When traveling for longer than a weekend, especially when camping, there comes times when you don’t want to do a big tourist activity, but you do want to get out of the campground or hotel. A time when you want a place that offers more than the basic amenities at your current lodging — a better workout room or more reliable hot showers. For such times, you want a place like Pigeon Forge Community Center.
The Pigeon Forge Community Center is located just south of downtown Pigeon Forge and off of the Parkway. This is a large community center that is so much more than a standard YMCA or big-box fitness center. This place offers residents and visitors alike access to a plethora of amenities at outstanding rates. People wanting to use those amenities can either buy admission for the day, week, month, or year.
This expansive community center stretches across 86,000 square feet and includes a ten-lane bowling center, indoor and outdoor pools, walking and jogging tracks, two aerobics room, and, of course, full shower and locker facilities. If you have children, the Pigeon Forge Community Center even has an onsite child care center where adults wanting to use other onsite amenities can drop off their children. This makes the center a doubly fantastic place for traveling families with small kids.
The Pigeon Forge Community Center is open every day; Monday to Friday they are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday they are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday they have shortened hours of 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The membership costs for entry will depend upon whether you are a resident or visitor and the time interval you want a pass. There are also general discounts available for seniors, families, and students. As of this writing, non-Pigeon Forge resident adults can expect to pay a daily entrance fee of $8, a weekly guest pass for $30, a monthly (30-day) guest pass for $50, or an annual guest pass for $120. Non-members will also have to pay an additional $5 per child, per visit if they want to use the childcare center (this amenity is free for members). For more details on membership costs and other more specific admission fees (such as senior discounts), check the city’s website.
– Bring your own towels as the one thing this place does not have is a full towel service.
– People take league bowling very seriously here. If you are trying to go to the Pigeon Forge Community Center specifically for the bowling, consider calling ahead to make sure you don’t go during one of their league times as bowling leagues can take up most or even all of the lanes some days.
– The hours for the child care center are a bit different from standard opening hours. Call to confirm access or check their website if you need to use this amenity.