Corps' Mt. Carmel Campground to Re-Open under New Name and Operation

USACE, Savannah District
Published March 24, 2021

Savannah, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District at J. Strom Thurmond Project announces that Mt. Carmel Campground in McCormick County, SC has been leased to KWGM, LLC and will re-open to the public as Hester’s Bottoms Campground. 

Mt. Carmel Campground was closed in 2015 due to budget constraints.  Since its closure, the Thurmond Project has explored multiple options to re-open the campground and recently accepted proposals for operation of the campground as a lease.  The new campground operator has begun renovations and plans to add new amenities to the area.  For updates on campground renovations, grand re-opening and future reservations, follow the Hester’s Bottoms Facebook page here.

For questions or concerns, call the Thurmond Lake Office at 1-800-533-3478, ext. 1140.


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Rashida Banks, Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 21-007