Draper WMA — McConnells, South Carolina
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The Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells sits adjacent to Historic Brattonsville. In fact, the 806-acre wildlife management area once belonged to R. Fisher Draper, an IBM manager whose property holdings once included part of Historic Brattonsville. Draper bought the land from Bratton descendants in 1958. In 1994 York County bought 1,241 acres, which included Draper land, and gave 435 acres to Brattonsville, which was being developed as a living museum. The county sold the rest to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 1995 for a managed outdoor recreation site named for Draper.
The property is best known for its spectacular display of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) each summer. The sunflower seeds are planted in two fields each April, and by late June, visitors are treated to a panorama of vibrant yellow. The flowers occupy thirty acres and are at their peak from late June through early July.
The fields are planted in order to attract doves for hunts in the fall. Draper WMA maintains two dove fields, one for adults and one for youth. The land is managed for small game hunts as well as for white-tailed deer and turkey. There are also three stocked ponds on the property. Recreational activities for non-hunters include hiking, cycling, and bird-watching. The sunflower fields are popular with photographers.
Draper WMA is managed and owned by the South Carolina DNR as well as the York County Legislative Delegation.
Draper WMA Info
Address: 1080 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
GPS Coordinates: 34.878282,-81.185586