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Historic Yates Mill County Park

Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Beautiful and Relaxing

If you want a beautiful and relaxing walk - try this park. The mill is very photogenic and the park... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Relaxing morning visit

Nice place to spend a couple of hours. There is a museum that will take no more than 15-30 minutes... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Natalie S
Apopka, Florida
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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...more
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
+1 919-856-6675
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want a beautiful and relaxing walk - try this park. The mill is very photogenic and the park is just enough to make a quick nature break worth your time while still leaving time to do other things along the way.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KathyNC18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to spend a couple of hours. There is a museum that will take no more than 15-30 minutes. Nice trails, length depends on which you choose. The mill itself is a great photo spot. Lots of nature, we also brought lunch and ate...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Natalie S
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Went with the family to check out Yates Mill - very scenic and peaceful. The museum in the welcome center is very informative. Pleasant stroll to get to the mill. Fun afternoon excursion for the family.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank My-Chau M
Reviewed December 1, 2018

Easy to find. Beautiful grounds. Make sure you walk around the pond - lots to see on the trail - try and get a photo of the turtles. No crowds but one very annoying group that that seemed to shadow us....please try to be quiet...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Real_Duke_of_Hockley
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to go in the fall. The colors in the trees are so vivid. There were a few photographers taking family pictures out there. There are 3 trails, each only a mile or less. There is a lovely dock that people...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank redheadedmama
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A great place to visit especially in the spring and the fall. I visited with a friend in the spring. We enjoyed the beautiful lake and old mill with the waterfall. A great day trip and not too far out of city.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Trail779345
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Very pleasant, picnic tables and good parking. Take a look at the lake and the mill itself, but the best part is walking around behind the mill across to the rocks below the dam for a good view of the mill wheel and the flowing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Phillip W
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Great place to do a tour well worth the money. I went with a group tour the water was amazing the staff was super friendly the park was beautiful

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TinaTB1977
Reviewed August 28, 2018

As the oldest existing mill in Wake county (that is still put to use for special occasions), it has historical interest. There is also a small visitor's center, and a choose-your-trail system -the longest is a one mile out-and-back, while the other two are smaller...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank smithnewland
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Nice and Pretty falls and walking trail right in the heart of city. Not far from the main city but gives you a short & sweet real taste of country picnic. Good spot.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Vivek G
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Janice S
November 19, 2017|
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Response from YatesMillCoPark | Property representative |
The mill dam faces east and there is a big pine tree to the south of the mill, so it is a challenge to get good light and lack of shadows...but it is a good challenge!
Donna C
June 15, 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).
June 5, 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