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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone Number: +1-919-856-6675
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Yates Mill is the last operating, water-powered gristmill in NC's capital...

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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Peaceful, serene, great place to visit

I happened by this place completely by accident driving to raleigh North Carolina. I was compelled to stop in to take a picture of the old mill. I was pleasantly surprised by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Montreal
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I happened by this place completely by accident driving to raleigh North Carolina. I was compelled to stop in to take a picture of the old mill. I was pleasantly surprised by the facility, museum and science study facility open to the public. The hiking trails are very well maintained, peaceful and serene..Your stay can be a 1/2 and hour... More 

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Brunswick, Md.
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325 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were traveling and tried to get to this place before closing.....which, according to their website was 6 p.m. Unfortunately, what the website didn't tell you is that the visitor center closed at 5 p.m. We were able to get out and still walk around the grounds and see what there was. We thoroughly enjoyed that. We would LOVED to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits and history are great and the park is beautiful! There is a really nice walking trail around the lake and lots of beautiful shots for photos.

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Thank Tauna H
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This park is one of my favorites to photograph and to just walk around and explore. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help if you need them. There is a lot to explore at this park, including the historic Mill. Go to the welcome center and find out about the tours then go learn about the beautiful... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this park. It is beautiful and peaceful. There is a nice trail around the lake that is an easy walk for most anyone. If you haven't been, you are missing a gorgeous place.

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park that is saving some history for future generations. Beautiful grounds with nice welcome/information center. Trails are very well kept up.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I found out about Yate's Mill a couple of years ago while browsing through some photos on Flickr. It's a nice park with plenty of trails for walking and getting some fresh air. There's a main building with activities, information, and history on the historic mill. If you're simply looking for the Mill itself you can bypass this and follow... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

A historic park offering great ambience. Good place for photographers too as the mill and lake offers stunning views. Very calm and quiet surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Historic Yates Mill Park is perfect for an afternoon family trip. Inside the main building are many education activities for children. There are beautiful trails around the grounds and the mill is a really fun sight to see. We did the tour and were not disappointed! The staff was a lot of fun and our tour guide was great with... More 

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raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Lovely park, but poor entrance signage. Be careful entering and exiting, as the turn in, is in a curve and hill on a heavy trafficked road. The mill is fascinating, especially when you can take a tour and see it grind grain.(check schedule in advance) The bathrooms are incredibly clean and roomy. Rv parking - nice trails, and an interesting... More 

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