Potty Problems Close Forest Service Campground
Hell Hole Campground near Mountain Rest in South Carolina’s Oconee County is apparently living up to its name, and has been closed because of human waste in and around a broken bathroom facility.
Andrew Pickens Ranger District officials said that the problems started with a failure in a pit toilet at the site. They said as a result, people have vandalized the bathroom, WYFF-TV, Greenville, reported
District Ranger Mike Crane said, “As much as I hate to close a campground, visitor safety is our priority. Because the toilet isn’t working, people are using the bathroom and leaving human waste both inside and outside the building that houses the toilet, as well as throughout the campground. It’s just not sanitary for campers and we believe it could be causing some resource damage as well.”
The USDA Forest Service has temporarily closed overnight camping. Entry to the campground has been stopped by using large boulders to block access to vehicles. Day use is still allowed, but vehicles will have to be parked at the end of the Forest Service road.
A release said the Forest Service will consider whether to continue overnight camping at Hell Hole.