Summary: The walk takes 2.5 - 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Plenty of opportunities exist along the route to rest, admire the view or chat with others enjoying IOn’s trails and sidewalks. The trail begins on IOn Square where restrooms and food are available. Sights along the trail include the Rookery Wildlife Refuge (with two observation towers), the Mt. Pleasant Amphitheater on Westlake, the 1.5 mile marshwalk along Shelmore and Hobcaw Creeks, the Eastlake nieghborhood and IOn Square.
This neighborhood walking trail offers a lot of variety in a five mile walk.
A detailed PDF format guide can be downloaded from www.ioncommunity.com.
Trailhead: The Ion Village Walk starts on Ion Square, located by the intersection of Mathis Ferry Road and Shelmore Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant, SC. From Charleston travel North on Johnie Dodds Blvd until you pass the Patriot's Plaza Shopping Center on the Right (SW) side of the road. Continue North about 3/4 mile to the intersection of Shelmore Blvd. and Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Turn left, North and travel 1200 on Shelmore Blvd. to the traffic circle at Mathis Ferry Road go around the circle 180 degrees and enter Ion. Ion Square is just beyond the flagpole. Obrion's Pub will be on your left as you enter. Parking can be found behind the buildings on the square.
Note this figure 8 trail can also be walked as separte 1.8 & 3.2 mile loops (Lat:32.81282 Lon:-79.87897)
Trail Guides for IOn Village Walk:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: CCMC - Download Guide at www.ioncommunity.com
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by William Hamilton. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Melinda on 12/2/2003
This is a beautiful walk. There are great marsh views, lakes, native plants, wildlife, and a rookery with bird nesting area. What makes this walk so interesting is that it combines nature, architecture, history, and a beautiful new old-fashioned community. There are plenty of places to stop and rest comfortably along the way and enjoy the view. There are also very good places to get something to eat on the square where the walk begins and ends. I definitely recommend it.
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