The I'on Swamp Trail in the Francis Marion National Foresr is a 2-mile walk on rice dikes built by slave labor in the 1700s. Ditches and embankments formed a system to control water to grow rice. The same ditches and dikes formed the main transportation system for the coastal plantations. Wagons could travel the dikes; boats could pass through the canals like this one.
The tannin-stained black water creates mirror-like double images.
Did you see the part about the mules wearing rawhide boots to work in the rice fields? No such luxuries for the slaves; they worked barefoot!
A nice spot for a rest
The type of boat used on the rice canals.
The trail follows the inland ricefields of Clayfield and Witheywood Plantations, owned by Colonel Jacob I'on.
Plenty of good fishing for this Belted Kingfisher
We enjoyed our lunch at a restaurant along the Black River with this sign for the restrooms.
I hope it makes you laugh, too!