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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
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+1 919-856-6675
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

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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Quaint visit

Small park with short trails for walking. The mill is rather nice to see and tours are offered regularly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Charli M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small park with short trails for walking. The mill is rather nice to see and tours are offered regularly.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

With not too much time to see the sights of Raleigh this did make the list, and it was well worth while. A nice clear Autumn day with no wind leaving the lake calm and the leaves colourful. A nice peaceful place to explore without having to rush.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

The Mill is very picturesque. We took the "High" trail and it was easy, yet fun too! Lots of birds, a few turtles and squirrels, but No snakes (Thank God!). Fun Family Outing!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Yates Mill is a great little park of Lake Wheeler Road. We've taken pictures out here the past few years, but it's also fun to go out and walk around. The waterfall near the old mill is great. Beautiful spot in Raleigh.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

I decided to stop by Yates Mill after hearing wonderful things about the park. I arrived at 3pm. There was plenty of available parking. The sun sets over the lake so the 3-5pm hours are great for viewing or photography. There's a short walk down to the mill. There are steps on the detour route that was being used on... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review and for coming out to the park. We thought we'd mention that there is also 2,200 square feet of exhibit space inside the park center that we hope you were able to check out, but also that the permit for professional photographers does not include a fee - it's free. More 

Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

This is well worth the stop. Beautiful landscaping and the person in the information counter was kind and informative. Will come back in the summer when we can see and enjoy it better.

1 Thank gtadennis
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Lake Wheeler and Yates Mill are a hidden gem in Raleigh. Although the mill building was not open, the visitor center had great exhibits and history of the mill. I was excited to read about the UNC architectural students who took a course in the 1970's that restored the mill including building a blacksmith shop to reproduce nails. Awesome project.

1 Thank JcqieA
Huntersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We spent a day in Raleigh recently and went to the Farmer's Market and to Yates Mill. It is a very beautiful place. The old mill has been refurbished and the lake trail is perfect for a 30 minute walk. We saw turtles and lots of birds. At least 5 people were getting photographs. There is a tour of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

If you like nature and walking. this is a must see.. A historic grist mill adorns the property with an adjoining log cabin. The waterfall, the lake, the trails and the beauty of nature, all add to this outing.. Very well maintained, easy walking, gravel and mulch are the paths substance. I am unsure as to whether the trails would... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

a lovely trail with sites of birds and turtles, forested areas, boardwalks over swamps, and a historic mill building. Apart from the prevalent families getting their picture taken everywhere, it is peaceful and quiet.

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