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Draper WMA

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.

Draper WMA Sunflowers

Robert Clay Reed of Edgemoor, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Draper WMA

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 York County

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Draper WMA is managed and owned by the South Carolina DNR as well as the York County Legislative Delegation.

Sunflowers Draper WMA

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Draper WMA Info

Address: 1080 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
GPS Coordinates: 34.878282,-81.185586

Draper WMA Map

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11 Comments about Draper WMA

SCIWAY says:
June 26th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

While we haven’t been to the WMA yet this year this is the peak time for them to grow. Other parts of South Carolina, like the Lowcountry, have seen vibrant sunflower growth in full bloom right now. Here is a contact page for Draper WMA directly if you would like to email the warden in charge there.

Megan says:
June 26th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Have the sunflowers started to bloom this year? And if so, how long do they usually bloom for?

SCIWAY says:
September 19th, 2016 at 8:18 am

Hi, Jenn. We suspect that the sunflowers have come and gone, but we can’t be sure. The website for the WMA is above the map on the page. Someone there should be able to give you a definite answer.

Jenn says:
September 18th, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Hi, I was wondering if the sunflowers are still standing or have they already been harvested?

SCIWAY says:
June 24th, 2016 at 6:46 am

Our office s on the Charleston tea, but here is the number to Draper WMA: 864-427-5140

Amanda says:
June 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Are the sunflowers blooming?

SCIWAY says:
June 15th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for the kind words! We wish we could tell you specifically where the the third one is, but sadly, we have not been to Draper ourselves. However, here is a link from the DNR mentioning the three ponds, and hopefully someone from the DNR can guide you to that last pond: Best of luck!

Steve-o says:
June 15th, 2016 at 10:48 am

It says that you have 3 stocked ponds at Draper, but I have only been to 2 of them. Is there another pond, if so I would love to check it out. I love it out there. Y’all do a good job. Thanks for everything.

LaToya Norris says:
May 26th, 2016 at 10:07 am

Aww that makes me sad. Thank you so much. Maybe we can take pics after delivery. Thank you for responding back.

SCIWAY says:
May 26th, 2016 at 9:06 am

They are “due” to bloom later in the summer, but have not yet begun. Best of luck with you delivery!

LaToya Norris says:
May 26th, 2016 at 8:20 am

I was wondering if the sunflowers are blooming. I know peak season is in July but I’m scheduled to deliver July 4th so I won’t be able to take maternity pics in July. I’m wanting to take my maternity pics in a sunflower field.


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