We are travel-loving people, through and through, so this stay-at-home and quarantine order is slowing killing my soul. We've accomplished just about all of the home projects I've wanted done, I've organized about everything we own, we've purged, packed away the fall and winter clothes. I'm running out of things to do to keep myself occupied, so we've vowed to go at least every other weekend on even a little day trip to explore somewhere new.
Today, our travels led us to the day trip of all day trips, as basic as they get, a Sunflower Field in McConnells, SC. At the Draper Wildlife Management Area, you will find huge fields of Sunflowers. Despite there being probably around 80-100 people there, you're able to keep your distance and if you get a little crafty, you'll catch gorgeous photos with no other people in the background.
Some sunflowers are starting to droop and it is HOT out there. I mean, real HOT, but I highly recommend jumping in the car tomorrow, or next weekend at the latest and heading just outside of Rock Hill to this beautiful site.
It's just about an hour outside of Charlotte and we elected to take the back roads down from Mount Holly which gave us some scenery of beautiful homes and pastures through the South Carolina countryside.
You'll want to enter the Hunting and Fishing area, follow the dirt road all the way to the end where it turns into a parking lot, and the trail to the sunflowers is on the left side of the parking lot as you head in. Grab your camera and a water, because I'm not joking, it is HOT, and head up the trail of no more than 1/4 mile to the fields. There are several fields, all within eye-sight, but if you want to be on your own, be prepared to walk just a little further past the corn fields for your private spot.
When you are finished with the sunflowers, take a right out of the entrance road and go just about a mile down to Historic Brattonsville where you will find gorgeous plantation homes. The site is currently closed, due to COVID, but so worth the drive by to see even the outside of these historic buildings.
This trip was truly a photographer's dream.
McGalliard Park in Valdese, NC is also home to the gorgeous McGalliard Falls and our day trip destination just a few weekends ago. There are plenty of spots to take it all in or head down to the bottom of the falls. It was much busier than these photos will lead you to believe. Part of photographing these day trips has been learning to get any angle you can to capture the gorgeous scenery with no strangers photobombing.
We took the back roads and stayed off the interstate on the way out which allowed us to check out some areas we had not been through in quite a while.
The Park has a lot to offer, including restrooms and a picnic area. To reserve space under the shelter, there is a fee, so definitely look into booking that in advance if you're thinking McGalliard is your next family gathering spot. Otherwise, there are plenty of spots you can bring chairs or a blanket and set up a picnic for free, many with a view! If you're looking for a little more to do, McGalliard also offers nature trails and a volleyball court.
The upper area of the park is very walkable for anyone. To climb down to the bottom of the falls is a little steep, but not a long walk at all. The third photo in the slideshow above shows the pathway on the left down to the bottom of the falls.
We give this hour to hour-and-a-half day trip 4.5 stars!
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!