The Historic Yates Mill County Park, located in Raleigh, NC is home to the only remaining gristmill in Wake County, the Historic Yates Mill. At one time, there were around seventy working water-powered gristmills in the county. The Historic Yates Mill is now the only water-powered gristmills left in Wake County, and has been fully restored and is operational. The park offers mill tours from March until November, and corn-grinding displays on each third weekend.
The park sits on 174 acres which includes a 20 acre pond that is nourished by the Steep Hill Creek. Visitors take pleasure in fishing from the pond’s boardwalk, and enjoying the beautiful landscape and scenery. The park offers several miles of hiking trails and includes both a hiking guide and a tree identification guide. Several popular trails include the Tree Identification Trail, the Millpond Trail, the High Ridge Trail and the Creekside Trail, each from .44 miles long to 1 mile long.
The Historic Yates Mill County Park is proud to be a field research facility for NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science. Included in this are the university’s Biological Field Laboratories and the Finley Center’s Research Wing, which is used exclusively for university zoological studies.
The park offers visitors a chance to enjoy spending some time outdoors, hiking through the miles of trails, eating lunch at the picnic grounds, or simply relaxing by the pond. It is an experience that you will remember and cherish for years to come.
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Open 7 days per week
8 a.m. to sunset.
Click here for street map and directions to Yates Mill Park.