The I’on swamp trail in Francis Marion National Forest offers trail runners a more primitive path than most of the areas around this part of the state. There are no facilities or man-made infrastructures, just the trail and a handful of alligators that call this swamp their home. I’on swamp is the perfect opportunity to explore a new ecosystem while on a run. This area was once home to the Witheywood rice plantation, but is now part of the Francis Marion National Forest trail system. The trail itself is a 2 mile loop that winds through cypress swamps and low marsh land. This is a shorter route than most as well as an opportunity to feel like you are miles away from civilization without having to go that far out of town. Be sure and bring some insect repellant in the warmer seasons, and keep an eye out for dangerous wildlife year-round, you wouldn’t want to have to outrun an angry gator in the middle of the woods.