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Stroll through the sunflowers at Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells, SC

photo by @laurareister

If you're looking for the perfect photo backdrop or just a summer stroll through beauty, check out the 20+ acres of sunflower fields at Draper Wildlife Management Area. Located in York County, the sunflowers are expected to be at peak bloom next week. They typically bloom in late June (not this year!) or early July, with peak bloom lasting for two weeks.

Expect a ~40 min. drive from Fort Mill (20 min. from Rock Hill) to 1080 Draper Rd. McConnells, SC, 29726. It’s free to visit and open from dawn until dusk.

Keep these tips in mind from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources:

  • Do not pick, cut, knockdown, or otherwise damage the sunflowers as they are food for mourning doves and other wildlife species.

  • The sunflowers are planted as a habitat management practice to provide a quality dove hunt for S.C. hunters.

  • Please be respectful and follow all rules on the public fields and obey all laws concerning trespassing on private fields.

Tips from Fort Mill Now:

  • Pack water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

  • Be prepared to be around bees.

  • The best time to visit is early morning or late evening when the sun isn't blazing, the flowers aren't wilting in the heat, and the lighting is perfect for pictures.



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