Ion Swamp Road

Ion Swamp Road


Area name

Ion Swamp Road

Area Location

Take US 17 north from Mt. Pleasant for approximately 11 miles, left turn onto FS Road 228 (dirt Ion Swamp Road).

Area Map


Ion Swamp Road is located within the boundaries of Francis Marion National Forest.

Admission: Free.

Hours of Operation: every day, open all day long.




Ion Swamp Road is part of the Francis Marion National Forest which covers almost 250,000 acres.

With the best birding occuring 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.