Monday, December 2, 2013

Ion swamp trail

If you drive up Highway 17 from Charleston or Mt. Pleasant toward Awendaw, you will come to the sign pictured below in the median and that is your landmark to turn left across Highway 17 to enter Ion Swamp trail.

 File this away for your family time over Christmas school break - I can't tell you how much you will enjoy rambling this cool swamp trail through the Cypress knees and pine needles. However, we tried biking it and I would not recommend it as a biking trail for young children. The Cypress knees grow up through the trail at odd angles and there are narrow boardwalks that make it tricky for little ones to manage a bike. This trail is ideal for walking with young children and dogs...

The various types of trees are all marked and there are fantastic educational signs along the way to help kids learn about the swamp as they go. This interpretive trail is a favorite destination for winter guests from out of state.

Ion Swamp Trail
This is a 2.5 mile trail. When you enter off Highway 17, there is a long, gravel road that leads you to the parking lot and trail head.
No amenities (closest are at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Center and you can also get more information on the history of Ion Swamp Trail here).

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