Bear Creek Golf Course

145 S. Golf Course Road
(641) 585-1353

Forest City’s Bear Creek is 18 scenic holes of memorable golf. The front 9 (also known as ’The Cub’) is challenging and enjoyable, yet plays slightly easier than the back 9 (known as ‘The Grizzly’). You’ve never seen a more diverse group of holes on one golf course. Set your tee time today to play Forest City’s Bear Creek Golf Course.


Start your outdoor adventure on the Forest City Trail system.  We offer 9 miles of trails leading from the downtown area to Pilot Knob State Park.  Parking is plentiful at Pammel Park. The Forest City Parks and Recreation Department continually strives to maintain, improve, and expand the trail system, in order to reach and better serve the growing residents and visitors.

Forest City has 8 bikes at 3 different locations through out the community (Available Soon) for rent by the hour. These are available to be used by residents, Waldorf students, and visitors to provide transportation and enjoyable exercise. For only $1.50 per hour you can ride, ride, ride.

How to rent a bike? Download the App called KoloniShare.  On the App, locate Forest City and see the dots that indicate bike locations and availability. Follow the instructions to rent the bike.

Hynes Spur Trail –  Approx. 2 miles from J Street at Pammel Park to 330th St./Airport Road.  It meanders through Pammel Park, a woodland setting, through the Bear Creek Golf Course and Disc Golf Course and past the Winnebago Rally grounds to 330th St./Airport Road.  All off road paved trail.

Hanson Trail –  Approx 9 miles. Begins at on J Street next to Pammel Park entrance, left on Golf Course Road to Hwy 9, East along Hwy 9 to 206thAve. to Pilot Knob Entrance, West on 340th Street to Golf Course Road and Left on J Street to Pammel Park entrance. A combination of paved off road trails and share-the-road trails.

Pilot Knob Loop – Approximately 4 miles. Begins at the entrance of Pilot Knob State Park and winds through the park.  All paved and on park roads.

See the map here

Korth Nature Trail-  Korth nature trail begins on J Street, an extension of Hynes Spur Trail. It runs north 1/2 mile along the river and turns south to end at the grocery store parking lot.

Forest City Disc Golf Course

Forest City Disc Golf Course is located a few blocks east of downtown in two of our city parks (Pammel Park and East Woods Park), which are separated by the Winnebago River. The course is 21 poles, that offer challenging blue tees for the advance player, as well as the easier red tees for the new or recreational player. White tees for the intermediate players. You will get to use a wide variety of shots to complete your round as the course has a wide variety of terrain from open and level fairways with a few trees to elevation changes in wooded areas, as well as a few water hazards on seven of the poles.

Recreational tees (red) average 200′ in length (Longest 400′ / Shortest 145′)
Intermediate tees (white) average almost 300′ (Longest 550′)
Advanced tees (blue) average just over 350′ long (Longest 720′).

Enter the park off J Street and Tee number 1 will be located just south of the kiosk along the walking path by the little brown building or approx. 200′ North West of the swinging bridge.

Course Map

Pammel Park Campground

Location: use the Pammel Park entrance off East J Street (south side.) Located next to the Winnebago River, near the suspension bridge.

Facilities: 43 parking pads with RV power outlets, showerhouse/restroom building, RV dump station, along the bike trail, and playground nearby.

Fees: Overnight fee is $15.00, payable at campground.

Family Aquatic Center

525 John K. Hanson Drive
Phone: (641) 585-2650


(Open Memorial Day through mid-August)
$5 daily
Ages 2 and under are free
$4 ages 55 and older

Annual Passes:

Family Pass: $120
Individual Pass: $80

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m

YMCA of Forest City Iowa

916 West I St
Phone: (641) 585-5220

This YMCA participates in the AWAY Program


Health and Fitness, Aquatics, Family, Childcare, Community Development, Sports, Teens


Pool, Gym, Fitness Center, Free Weight Room, Aerobics/Dance Studio, Handball/Racquetball, Indoor Running Track, Outdoor Field, Climbing Walls, Sauna/Steam Room, Whirlpool/Jacuzzi, Teen/Youth Center, General Purpose Room, Drop-in Baby sitting room

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Winnebago River Water Trail

26.1 mile Winnebago River Water Trail

North access is at Dahle Park, while the south access is at Pammel Park in Forest City. Additional accesses are located at the Lande River Conservation Area and at the Ambroson Recreation Area.
Fishing – Stream / River
Boating Allowed  – Canoeing

This is one of Iowa’s designated water trails! Put in at Dahle Park, the Lande River Conservation Area, or the Ambroson Recreation Area and enjoy a leisurely float down the river! What will you see along the way? Check out the official trail kiosk here! And, for a handy brochure to take with you on the trail, click here.

Other Recreation

You can find the following within a thirty-minute drive of Forest City…
Hunting Grounds
Public Golf Courses (4)
Public Tennis Courts (8)
Public Parks (7)
Public Access to Lakes and Rivers
Bike Trail (from Forest City to Pilot Knob State Park)
Camping (3 campgrounds)