Historic Yates Mill County Park
ABOUT THE PARK
A day at Historic Yates Mill County Park offers visitors an "Escape from the Daily Grind," with experiences that interpret and preserve our agricultural heritage, environmental resources and history through educational programs, events and exhibits. The park is a 174-acre wildlife refuge and an environmental research center. Please note that dogs (except identifiable service animals) and other pets are not allowed. Learn more
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
MILL CREEK CROSSING CLOSURES
The NC Department of Transportation is currently conducting maintenance work to the Lake Wheeler Road bridge, which includes welding, pouring concrete and painting. The mill creek area will need to be closed at times while this work is going on (daily status updates are being posted on to the park's Facebook page). The rest of the trail that's not near the mill is open.
THE MILL AS MUSE – COMMUNITY ART & PHOTO CONTESTS
Yates Mill has served as a source of artistic inspiration for more than two centuries and continues to be the subject of numerous local works of art. Winners of the park's 11th annual art and photography contests will be announced at the award ceremony on Friday, Feb. 10, starting at 6 p.m., and the winning entries will be displayed in the park center for 2 months. All 39 entries will be on display during the weekend of February 11–12.
MILL TOURS AVAILABLE
The historic water-powered gristmill is open for guided tours and costumed corn grinding demonstrations from March through November each year. A variety of tour types are offered, and all tour proceeds directly support the mill's ongoing maintenance and operations. View tour offerings.
CLIENT PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PARK
The park has a photo permit process for client-based professional photography. For details, view the park photography web page. If you're coming to the park for family photography, a permit is not required, but please be courteous to other park visitors. Keep trails and boardwalks clear and observe all posted safety rules.