Ion Swamp Interpretive Trail

Ion Swamp Interpretive Trail


Area name

Ion Swamp Interpretive Trail

Area Location

Take US 17 north from Mt. Pleasant for approximately 11 miles, left turn onto FS Road 228 (dirt Ion Swamp Road). Keep going on Ion Swamp Road for approximately 1.3 miles to the trailhead and parking lot for the trail.

Area Map


Admission: Free.

Hours of Operation: every day, open all day.

Located within the boundaries of Francis Marion National Forest.



Ion Swamp Interpretive Trail is part of the nearly 250,000 acre Francis Marion National Forest.

The best birding occurs March through June.

Key Birds


Anhinga, White Ibis, Red-shouldered Hawk, King Rail, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman’s Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow.


Least Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Chuck-will’s-widow, Whip-poor-will, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunging, Orchard Oriole.


American Black Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Sora, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird.