South Carolina

Draper WMA – McConnells, South Carolina

South Carolina  |  SC Picture Project  |  York County Photos  |  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 York County

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © 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.

Sunflowers Draper WMA

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.

Draper WMA Info

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

Draper WMA Map

Draper WMA – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Draper WMA, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


The South Carolina Picture Project is a volunteer project which earns no profit. We work hard to ensure its accuracy, but if you see a mistake, please know that it is not intentional and that we are more than happy to update our information if it is incorrect. That said, our goal is to create something positive for our state, so please make your comments constructive if you would like them to be published. Thank you!

11 Comments about Draper WMA

SCIWAYNo Gravatar 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.

MeganNo Gravatar 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?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar 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.

JennNo Gravatar says:
September 18th, 2016 at 7:39 pm

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

SCIWAYNo Gravatar 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

AmandaNo Gravatar says:
June 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Are the sunflowers blooming?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar 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-oNo Gravatar 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 NorrisNo Gravatar 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.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar 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 NorrisNo Gravatar 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.

Draper WMA - Related Entries

Old King’s Highway

Comingtee Plantation Ruins

Santee State Park Boardwalk

Manchester State Forest

Aiken SC State Park

Cypress Wetlands and Historic Walking Trail

Bird Key Stono Sanctuary
Bird Key Sanctuary
Folly Beach

Roxbury Park
Roxbury Park

Belfast Plantation


Join Us on Facebook
Our 5 Goals
Our Contributors
Add Info
Add Pictures
Search for Pictures
Missing Landmarks


Abbeville ACE Basin Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Yemassee York