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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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Great hidden treasure

A wonderful walk in early fall or spring, try to go when they have the mill running. Always a quiet getaway hidden on the back roads south of Raleigh. In summer, go early to avoid... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful walk in early fall or spring, try to go when they have the mill running. Always a quiet getaway hidden on the back roads south of Raleigh. In summer, go early to avoid the heat.

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Edmonds, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center has informative displays explaining the milling process and history of the Yates Mill. However, the real attraction is the mill itself. If you are able to go on a day that the mill is open for tours and in operation, that is is a definite plus. Tours cost a small fee, but all proceeds go to the... More 

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South Point, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit and relax for a while. Great staff and good place to take in the outdoors. Mill was awesome and my son loved playing by the creek watching fish and the turtles!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit to learn about this historic mill. The visitor center had a comprehensive exhibit on everything you needed to know, and I learned a lot. THe park itself has several one mile trails where were well maintained, shady and packed with interesting trees, birds and turtles. The trees are marked with #s so you... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I went to check the mill out. We went early and walked around the visitor's center which had lots of displays of how mills work and the machinery used in mills. We went on a guided tour which was super interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! The park surrounding it has a nice walking... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an incredible find in Raleigh, NC. This amazing Park that has an amazing story of a historic mill is the perfect place to send a day. Whether you want to hike, browse or simply sit and gaze out onto the lake and the man-made waterfall and mill house - the choice is all yours. Here you are close to... More 

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic Yates Mill Park has trails for hiking, a lake for fishing, rocking chairs for rocking on the porch and a mill to view, and on certain weekends, tour. The tours are put on by people in period costumes and provide lots of historical and interesting information. All for FREE!

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

The Historic Yates Mill Park is one of those neat places that takes you back in time to appreciate how life was. The fact that this gristmill is still standing and operational is amazing. There is a large parking lot. An interactive museum gives a good overview before taking the mill tour. The Sunday tour is what I took as... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This is a great park to get away to. lots of waterfowl on the pond. The mill is great for taking pictures and the trail around the lake is very easy and peaceful.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

After seeing excellent reviews I thought this would be a great stop for our family. It was disappointing. The grounds were nice. The inside was a small, very small, museum to learn about that mill and mills in general. What we did not know until arrival was that tours of the mill are only given on weekends and we showed... More 

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YatesMillCoPark, Manager at Historic Yates Mill County Park, responded to this review

We're sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. We certainly encourage folks to check our website (http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/default.aspx) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/yatesmill/) for our hours of operation and the schedule of mill tour times. Why did you have to turn around after crossing the creek? Was it because of the sign about the water snakes? You could have safely walked... More 

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