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“Very pretty and perfect for a romantic walk”

Historic Yates Mill County Park
Ranked #12 of 152 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 15, 2012

This park is surprisingly pretty. It is just south of Raleigh. Its a great place to take a walk. There is a short loop that goes around the mill and lake. You can start or end by checking out the exhibits in the main building.

Thank Jen H
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Back in its heyday, Yates Mill water-powered gristmill would have been an asset to the local families for grinding corn or wheat into meal and flour. I enjoyed the historical portion.
It was not crowded when we visited so I really enjoyed the quiet walk and the millpond the most!

Thank lynnroebuck
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Nice, easy, family friendly trail around the pond. Easy to get to from downtown Raleigh. Small but nice visitor center with wildlife displays.

Thank SusanRaleigh
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I took my son to Yates mill today because it was such a cool day. The park itself is beautiful but, the mill is what I come for! The mill is one of those places where you can just point a camera and have a great photo! I highly recommend coming here. There is a really nice nature center, trails, fishing , and numerous picnic sites.

Thank pchack
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The old, but still functional, flour mill is the heart of this park. Tours are presented periodically, and the mill actually functions on the third Sunday of each month - tickets required.

For hikers, the park offers about 4 miles of secluded trails through diverse forests and wetlands. It is a favorite with birders. No fees for hikers.

1  Thank Lawrence B
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