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.
 

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LOCATION:
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
 
Phone: 919-856-6675
Fax: 919-856-6674

 
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FEATURES

Hiking Agricultural History
Picnic Cultural History
Fishing (limited) Educational Exhibits
Environmental Education Educational Gardens

PARK NEWS

NOW HIRING!
We're looking for TWO part-time Park Aides, one focused on Operations and Maintenance, to be based at Crowder County Park, and the other on Education and Visitor Services, to be based at Historic Yates Mill County Park, for 16 plus hours per week. Apply here.

COVID-19 UPDATE
The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state's phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.

Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
As of October 1, shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. Gatherings are limited to 50 people per the governor's executive order.

Playgrounds
Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often. Capacity limits are posted near each playground.

Park Capacity
Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

Help Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Wake County park and preserve visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, including gathering with no more than 50 people, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.
 
The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least October 31:
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome.



DAILY PERMIT REQUIRED FOR CLIENT-BASED PHOTOGRAPHY
All photographers conducting client-based photography must register online and obtain a permit reserving a date and time before starting their photo shoot. Registration is free. For details, view the Wake County Parks photography web page.
 
MILL TOUR SEASON 
TOURS ARE ON HOLD DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
The historic water-powered gristmill is usually open for guided tours and costumed corn grinding demonstrations from March through November each year. A variety of tour types are offered during the tour season and all tour proceeds directly support the mill's ongoing maintenance and operations. View tour offerings.
 
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