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Historic Yates Mill County Park

4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
+1 919-856-6675
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Neat place to visit

Nice quiet space to visit on the south side of Raleigh. Immediately near some great horse farms... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Nice spot to go for a walk

The trails are nice for easy walks in a peaceful setting, & the actual mill house is great for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mooresville, North Carolina
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Yates Mill is the last operating, water-powered gristmill in NC's capital county. The 18th century mill was restored, and the 174-acre park developed, through a partnership among the County of Wake, Yates Mill Associates, and NC State University. The park is open 361 days per year, from 8 am to sunset. The visitor center with its 2,200 square feet of exhibit space is open 8:30 am to 5 pm. The historic mill is open for guided tours Mar-Nov each year for public tours on weekends (fee: $3-5) and also by appointment on weekdays for organized groups.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
+1 919-856-6675
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice quiet space to visit on the south side of Raleigh. Immediately near some great horse farms & land owned by NC State. Nice drive and place to get some time to think.

Thank Wolfpacker88888
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trails are nice for easy walks in a peaceful setting, & the actual mill house is great for history buffs. Easy to get to & ample parking. A good quick excursion.

Thank saibot
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice park to walk around the trails and look out on the pond. In the spring and Summer, the historical society sponsors Mill tours to help with the upkeep and preservation of the mill. It was interesting to hear the history and...More

Thank Blklabnick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard so many positive comments about Yates Mill and decided to explore one spring morning recently. What a beautiful park and mill! We took so many gorgeous pictures of the mill and surrounding park area. We look forward to visiting again and going...More

2  Thank Deb J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Historic Yates Mill County Park opens early & closes at dusk daily. They have a museum on-site with park employees eager to answer any questions. The inside of the museum offers period costumes for children to try, plus an area for children to play/sit....More

1  Thank traveltique
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The Old Yates Mill has been in existence since before the Revolutionary War! Although it's a short walk (about 1 mile), it's a beautiful spot to enjoy a sunny spring day and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Start in the mini-museum where artifacts...More

Thank sueyull
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Not much to see and learn, but better than nothing :) The water views are a bit murky and the wheel was not turning.

Thank travelnuts6
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I love hiking trails and nostalgic places. Went there on a Monday. I asked about placing small painted rocks on the trails and explained what they were for. Was told no as they are a 'natural' sanctuary and nothing brought in from the outside was...More

Thank TammyC24
YatesMillCoPark, Program Director at Historic Yates Mill County Park, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for coming out to the park, which is a wildlife sanctuary and an environmental research facility, in addition to showcasing the old mill. I am sad that you did not have a more positive experience. The person at the desk should have been...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017

We had a nice tour. One of the few working mills still left in NC. Interesting to see grain being milled.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We took a fast hike around the trails, visited the mill, took selfies at the waterfall and watched all the wildlife enjoying a hot spring day. Will definitely return for a tour and to see the summer flowers.

Thank SandyH248
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Donna C
Is it possible to get there from downtown using public transportation if we're visiting without a car
15 June 2017|
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Response from YatesMillCoPark | Property representative |
Unfortunately public transportation (buses) only come within one mile of the park (at the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road).
Zuolin C
How much walking is there from the parking lot to the mill? I am coming with 2 seniors and 3 kids under the age of 5. How long would you recommend if we plan on doing the minimal walking? Thanks.
5 June 2017|
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Response from YatesMillCoPark | Property representative |
It looks like several helpful folks have already answered your question, but I'll add a few details just in case...if you park on the visitor center-end of the parking lot (located off 4620 Lake Wheeler Road) and head to the... More
Joel K
Open during winter
13 December 2016|
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Response from YatesMillCoPark | Property representative |
The 174-acre park with its hiking trails and scenic boardwalks is open year-round while the old grist mill is open for guided tours from March through November each year.