Historic Yates Mill County Park Raleigh
Where is it at?
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Where are we going today?
Are you ready for a day of history AND nature? Head on over to Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, and you will get just that!
This Wake County mill has been standing in the same spot since the 1750s - now that is a long time! In fact, it's the last operable water-powered gristmill in the entire county. Did you know that more than 70 used to once exist? See - you're learning already!
Your visit at this historic attraction offers unique environmental and historical experiences, all located in 174 acres of wildlife refuge! From March to November, this historic mill is open for guided tours, as well as costumed corn grinding demonstrations, so you can really get a feel of what life and work would have been like all those years ago!
The equipment in the mill is original, so it really is history coming to life.
Historic Yates Mill County Park also offers great programs across the year for all ages. They have activities where kids can learn all about animals, and programs where you can learn about stone masons and dam builders - important trades of the past! Kids can even channel their archaeologists and try and excavate hidden artifacts right under their feet!
Kids can make and fly kites, or even learn about the habitats around the pond. Historic Yates Mill County Park really is a family experience in nature AND history - so let's get learning and exploring!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsGrounds free. $5 for guided mill tour
- ChildrenGrounds free. $3 for guided mill tour
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
Park open 8am - sunset. Visitor Center 8:30am - 5pm
All year round. Tours only March to Nov
They offer a wide variety of programs designed to enrich children's learning and classroom experiences. All of their educational programs are designed to be compatible with the current North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Trained docents and education staff lead groups through the historic site. A great way for kids to learn about history!.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you check the events that are happening ahead of time so you can put them in your diary!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff if you have any questions about accessibility.
The guided tours are 30 minutes at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, and 3pm daily. Grab the tickets from the visitor center. They also offer local history tours. Check the different times for the corn grinding demos. .
What people are saying?
by Leslie Anderson
I really don't know why people are rating this site so high. They must either work there or have family members who work there. First of all, this "park" is an extreme disappointment. The trails are NOT maintained, the fishing pier is a joke and you can't bring Fido on the grounds. If you want to visit the mill house, which is falling down by the way, you have to get past the Commandant named Rebecca. I seriously believe she thinks the "park" is her own private property. It is good for taking pictures if you are into that sort of thing, but you...Read More
by William Tipton
Great photo opportunities, great relaxing place.
by Robin Werling
This is one of my favorite places to take portrait photos. The scenery and sounds are so beautiful and there are seasons where you can tour the entire park and the mill history exhibits inside and outside. There are hiking trails as well as picnic areas, this is a great play day activity for the entire family or by yourself.
by Matt Benore
A great way to spend 3-4 hours. We stayed to get the tour of the mill. Well worth it. Amazing how they work. The volunteers were knowledgeable although it was our volunteer first day, lol. He did well. A nice hike around the pond. Take water, can get easily dehydrated.
by Michael Santos
Its a beautiful relaxing place, well maintained facilities, and trails. Very photography friendly.
by Leslie Anderson
I really don't know why people are rating this site so high. They must either work there or have family members who work there. First of all, this "park" is an extreme disappointment. The trails are NOT maintained, the fishing pier is a joke and you can't bring Fido on the grounds. If you want to visit the mill house, which is falling down by the way, you have to get past the Commandant named Rebecca. I seriously believe she thinks the "park" is her own private property. It is good for taking pictures if you are into that sort of thing, but you can't get close enough to the mill without a staff person reprimanding you. If you want an open field to let the kidos run around until they get tired, then the place is OK. Otherwise, don't waste your time or money.