I'on Swamp Professional Review and Guide
"A walk along dikes through a swamp full of bird life, alligators, and beautiful bald cypresses. I’on Swamp Trail loops along a gridwork of dikes on what was once part of Witheywood Plantation, a rice-growing estate. From the parking area, you enter a tangle of young trees, heavy vines, and thick brush.
A short boardwalk takes you across water-soaked ground to an old roadbed. The roadbed gives way to a footpath running along the top of an earthen dike which is the only high ground in sight as you move through the quiet and still wetlands. To your right the piped wellhead of a natural artesian well splashes sparkling clear water in the black swamp. On the left is open water, home, in season, to impressive alligators and water lilies. I’on Swamp is famous among birders for its wide variety of species, particularly during fall and spring migrations. It is a great spot for warblers; the popular prothonotary warbler is often seen. The most elusive bird in North America, Bachman’s warbler, has been sighted here, although not in recent years. Deer are common in the swamp, and turtles are sufficiently plentiful to keep the abundant alligators well fed."