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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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Great park for walks

We came here looking for a beauty spot for a walk, and this was it! A lot of wildlife to see... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Beautiful park!

VERY scenic park. Tried fishing, no luck, but the scenery made up for no fish! Haven't taken a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raleigh, 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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“mill pond” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
+1 919-856-6675
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came here looking for a beauty spot for a walk, and this was it! A lot of wildlife to see: turtles, skinks, lizards, and a variety of bird life. The first time we came, a fall festival was on. While we didn't expect it,...More

Thank noel617
Reviewed 1 week ago

VERY scenic park. Tried fishing, no luck, but the scenery made up for no fish! Haven't taken a tour of the mill yet, but will definitely return to do that.

Thank Kessaaaaa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a gorgeous place and is a trip back through history. The Old Mill is still working, and the presentations are terrific. The guides and workers there demonstrate the process of working the Old Mill. They even grind corn in the old fashioned way....More

Thank sue h
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice local park for birding. It has a variety of habitats and gets quite a variety of birds. It is also nest to Mid Pines road which seems to get many relatively rare birds. The park staff is friendly and the...More

Thank Robert O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with the intent of taking a few photos. I ended up spent 2 hours here. Its a short, easy walk 20 minute walk round the pond. Beautiful restored mill at one end of the walk near the car park. Informative visitors centre too.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is great for walking/hiking, take pictures and learning about the history of the mill as well.

Thank Kristin G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great place to walk around the lake, there is fishing available also. The four year old was"bored" with our walk but the visitor center had her attention for over an hour. We had to pull her away from all the fun to...More

Thank Jean O
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Really nice education center, lovely trails and very very photographic spots in this little park. You can spend a couple hours here easily. It would be a nice spot for a picnic.

Thank Tammy K
Reviewed 6 August 2017

There is a dock overlooking the water that I always go to lay on for a bit. The mill itself is spectacular with the waterway clearly visible. Many people go here to take pictures.

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I stopped by this park with my mom and my mother-in-law last weekend when we were in the Raleigh area. Unfortunately we arrived right before the visitor center closed, but from the minute we spent in there it seemed like they had a lot of...More

Thank Jessica G
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Donna C
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
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
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.