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Raleigh - 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.


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.

Erik Keener

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Simply one of my favorite spots in the entire state. A beautiful piece of rural history 5 minutes from downtown Raleigh.

Escobaria Gracilis

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Very nice park, the mill is very interesting, the visitor has a small and interesting museum, The volunteers are very friendly and helpful. The trail around the pond is very nice and easy to walk. Very good place for a family outing .

N. E. Boyce

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
The volunteers are wonderful. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and so kind to give their time for such a worthwhile cause. Try to make it to one of the working tours. A great place to spend the afternoon.

Hunter Williams

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Great place to go and have a nice walk. The mill is beautiful, and you can take tours inside if you pay. The museum is also very interesting and educational.

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