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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
Phone Number: +1 919-856-6675
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Yates Mill is the last operating, water-powered gristmill in NC's capital...

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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Great historic landmark

This is well worth the stop. Beautiful landscaping and the person in the information counter was kind and informative. Will come back in the summer when we can see and enjoy it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is well worth the stop. Beautiful landscaping and the person in the information counter was kind and informative. Will come back in the summer when we can see and enjoy it better.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lake Wheeler and Yates Mill are a hidden gem in Raleigh. Although the mill building was not open, the visitor center had great exhibits and history of the mill. I was excited to read about the UNC architectural students who took a course in the 1970's that restored the mill including building a blacksmith shop to reproduce nails. Awesome project.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a day in Raleigh recently and went to the Farmer's Market and to Yates Mill. It is a very beautiful place. The old mill has been refurbished and the lake trail is perfect for a 30 minute walk. We saw turtles and lots of birds. At least 5 people were getting photographs. There is a tour of the... More 

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Brookston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you like nature and walking. this is a must see.. A historic grist mill adorns the property with an adjoining log cabin. The waterfall, the lake, the trails and the beauty of nature, all add to this outing.. Very well maintained, easy walking, gravel and mulch are the paths substance. I am unsure as to whether the trails would... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

a lovely trail with sites of birds and turtles, forested areas, boardwalks over swamps, and a historic mill building. Apart from the prevalent families getting their picture taken everywhere, it is peaceful and quiet.

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Windermere, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

What a cool free place to visit during your down time. I'm in raleigh on business a lot so I try to find things to see and do. Yates Mill fits the bill. It scenic and cool. Add it to your bucket list.

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Great spot for a walk. The museum details how the mill supported commerce and built the community. Great pictures/stories of old time Raleigh. Definitely recommend

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Full disclosure: I lead tours at Yates Mill, the circa 1763 operating grist mill that is inside the county park. This park is a nature preserve. This park is an historic attraction. This park is two, two, two parks in one. (You must be of a certain age to recall that Doublemint gum commercial.) Want to stroll/hike/jog a mile around... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Very nice historical mill. Unfortunately we went on a day there wasn't a tour. However, we read all the informative information available so we did gain an insight of its significance. It was still a marvelous day.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Great views and nice walking paths. Great educational information. Tours of the mill are on Saturdays. Check website for specific dates and times.

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