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Historic Yates Mill County Park

4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
+1 919-856-6675
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Afternoon stop

My husband and I were driving home, and decided to take a stop here - this place is great for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Meghan S
Great Sceneery Even Without the Tour

We didn't do the paid tour but had previously had read about the history so at least we did have a... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
kurupt71
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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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. 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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“old mill” (17 reviews)
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“water wheel” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were driving home, and decided to take a stop here - this place is great for families or people interested in the outdoors. Definitely great way to break up the drive, but not a place you can spend more than 2-3...More

Thank Meghan S
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We didn't do the paid tour but had previously had read about the history so at least we did have a background, but I would imagine the tour would make it 10x's better with regards to more history. Regardless, there are beautiful pictures to take...More

Thank kurupt71
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Great waterfall, operational mill, and museum, plan your visit for a day the mill is operational and it's more exciting. Take a nice walk around the small lake. Nice picnic area. Free museum, the mill tour requires a small fee.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Yates Mill is the sole survivor of more than 70 such mills that once operated in Wake County. Mills of this type were hugely important to the areas they served for social as well as economic reasons. They were often the “backbone” of growing communities,...More

2  Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Yates Mill is a great place to visit to learn some of the history of the area. There is a museum where you can learn about the mill and they also offer tours on selected days. I've done three tours now and love watching the...More

2  Thank NCTraveler2015
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

MY family and I have visited Raleigh twice now on 2 different summer vacations where we stopped in Raleigh for a few days each trip.On our second trip through Raleigh, we learned about this historic mill site. It was a nice stop for a few...More

4  Thank jwmcrazynurse
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This was my first visit - and won't be my last. Such a beautiful place and such a wonderful trail. Appropriate for all ages and very satisfying from a historical perspective.

2  Thank hasullenger
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a nice spot for a hike, just south of downtown Raleigh. The park is on a small lake, and has a stream, with a few miles of hiking available. There is also a historic mill that is open at times. This is a...More

2  Thank Dennis P
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We biked up to the cider mill and enjoyed the fun. Cider - doughnuts - sweets - and families laughing together. It does get crowded as everyone comes for the fun!

1  Thank MaryBeth41
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I wanted to spend some time outside while my husband was at a work function and this was a beautiful place to do so! They offered tours while I was there but I just wanted to walk around the water and check it out on...More

Thank MelTrot
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Janice S
19 November 2017|
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Response from Jean O | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the morning around 10AM but this was in August. We got good pictures with the trees reflecting off the lake near the mill. With the sun lower in the sky, I don't know.
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Donna C
15 June 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).
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Zuolin C
5 June 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
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