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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
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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Full disclosure: I lead tours at Yates Mill, the circa 1763 operating grist mill that is inside the county park. This park is a nature preserve. This park is an historic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Steve7028
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Full disclosure: I lead tours at Yates Mill, the circa 1763 operating grist mill that is inside the county park. This park is a nature preserve. This park is an historic attraction. This park is two, two, two parks in one. (You must be of a certain age to recall that Doublemint gum commercial.) Want to stroll/hike/jog a mile around... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice historical mill. Unfortunately we went on a day there wasn't a tour. However, we read all the informative information available so we did gain an insight of its significance. It was still a marvelous day.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views and nice walking paths. Great educational information. Tours of the mill are on Saturdays. Check website for specific dates and times.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to relax to sit & watch the world go by or take a walk around the trails if you're feeling more energetic. It was very hot & humid the day we visited & it was a last stop off so we just missed the visitor centre but we could still walk down to the mill itself. It's... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is a nice place to run or hike or just sit and observe nature. The mill itself and the surrounding grounds are gorgeous and a great place to take pictures. There is also a visitor's center with spotless restrooms. The mill is not near any type of food or gas. It is not wheelchair or stroller friendly for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park's main attraction, the mill, is quite close to the parking lot. Unless you want to walk on the trails around the lake, don't expect to do too much walking. However, the trails are well kept and mostly shaded, so are good for anybody looking to exercise. The new building right by the parking lot has a mini museum... More 

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

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 4 weeks 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 July 19, 2016 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 July 9, 2016

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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