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Historic Yates Mill County Park

4620 Lake Wheeler Road

The centerpiece of the 174-acre park is Historic Yates Mill, which is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was restored to working order through a grassroots community effort by 2005.

The park was developed by, and is managed through, a partnership effort among Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, NC State University, and the non-profit group Yates Mill Associates (YMA). The University owns the property while Wake County operates, maintains and interprets the park including the 20-acre Mill Pond, and YMA operates and maintains the Mill. The park opened to the public in May 2006 and hosts about 100,000 visitors per year.


Donna Koch

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
This is one of the places my husband and I love to come and walk. If we feel like a short 25 minute walk, we just take the Millpond Trail around the pond and if we feel like a 45 minute walk we take the Creekside Trail. They are both lovely peaceful trails. It's a great place to walk when the weather begins to warm because all the trails are well shaded by trees.

Tifa Lockheart

Saturday, June 2, 2018
By far one of the most back to nature trails you will walk on in Raleigh. We saw a deer jump out from under the bridge 5 ft from us. Saw snakes in the water by the mill and saw a herring catching lunch. Beautiful place.

Lillian Pearsall

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Grist Mill very picturesque. Hike around lake and into the woods very beautiful. Nature life: plants, birds, animals - make for peaceful hiking.

Zachariah Barton

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Out doing some site seeing while in the area and stopped by here. Great place to visit for local history. Well worth the time to visit.

Karin Hess

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Great visitor center with warm, welcoming staff. Peaceful hiking past wetlands and through woods. Historic Mill open for viewing on certain event days. Ample restrooms and water fountains.

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