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Historic Yates Mill County Park

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Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3912
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+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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We had a nice tour. One of the few working mills still left in NC. Interesting to see grain being milled.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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high point, United States
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high point, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice tour. One of the few working mills still left in NC. Interesting to see grain being milled.

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Thank Karen P
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a fast hike around the trails, visited the mill, took selfies at the waterfall and watched all the wildlife enjoying a hot spring day. Will definitely return for a tour and to see the summer flowers.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this park, and the mill in particular. It wasn't running when we visited, but the views in and around are great. Park is well manicured, and the exhibit at the front is also great. The only thing we wish they had was some kind of vending machine inside the exhibit area. We got a little thirsty after walking... More 

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Thank Sarah T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those 'off the beaten path' type places that is sure to please. In addition to the exhibits and locale...did I mention that there is a mill? Yeah, that. They have regular programs for the kids, and it is a great opportunity to escape the standard 'city' events that are prevalent here.

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Thank Everette W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I've gone a few times now and am never disappointed ! There is usually wildlife of some sort to see during your hike. We saw deer this last time and many different kinds of birds. The forests are magical and the trails are not too hard to walk.

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1 Thank Nancy S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I lived here 10 years before venturing to the mill and can't believe I waited so long. Great exhibits indoors about the mill's history. Nice walking trail to the mill and around the mill pound. The actual mill is only open on certain weekends, but this is still a nice place to visit. I even purchased corn meal ground at... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

It was established around 1756 and is the county’s only remaining water-powered gristmill. It operated for more than 200 years…grinding corn and wheat into meal and flour…sawing logs into lumber and carding wood. There's a nice path around the pond as well. Don't miss the museum before heading out to look at the mill.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stumbled upon this park by accident and were pleasantly surprised. There's a nice informative visitor center with some exhibits, a pond with a wooden pedestrian bridge that traverses it, a few short trials and a very well preserved park. It was a nice excursion that took about an hours time to view the exhibits, the mill... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Small park with short trails for walking. The mill is rather nice to see and tours are offered regularly.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

With not too much time to see the sights of Raleigh this did make the list, and it was well worth while. A nice clear Autumn day with no wind leaving the lake calm and the leaves colourful. A nice peaceful place to explore without having to rush.

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