The largest and most highly developed city in St. Clair County, Pell City serves as one of two county seats. Just 30 miles east of Birmingham, the city enjoys a strategic location near Interstate 20. Pell City combines small-town friendliness with a thriving business community, excellent schools, and well-developed recreational facilities that include exceptional golf courses. The surrounding area is equally appealing, crowned by beautiful Logan Martin Lake. Fishing, boating, and water sports are common pastimes. The Pell Civic Center plays a major role in community life, serving as a recreational and social gathering place. In addition to a gym and walking track, the center offers a kaleidoscope of classes from square dancing to aerobics and arts and crafts. Large civic affairs and community meetings are often held at the center's expansive meeting and banquet facilities. Families enjoy the surrounding grounds that feature a picnic area, a children's playground, a walking trail, fishing opportunities, and a boat launch. Many refer to Pell City as a "sleeping giant," although the phenomenal growth in St. Clair County will not allow the city to remain a well-kept secret for long.