Located off Lake Wheeler Road five miles south of downtown Raleigh, Historic Yates Mill County Park features one of the oldest buildings in Raleigh and the only remaining gristmill in Wake County. The old mill on Steep Hill Creek that we today call Yates Mill has stood on its foundation since the 1750s, despite disasters including floods, hurricanes, war and neglect. Today the mill is fully restored and operable.
Please note that the historic mill is open for guided tours at specified public tour times and by appointment on weekdays for organized groups. Go to the Mill Tours webpage.


Historic Yates Mill
County Park*
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Park Hours:

Open 7 days per week,
8 a.m. to sunset.
Free admittance

A.E. Finley Visitor Center Hours:

Open 7 days per week,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admittance

Historic Yates Mill Building:

Open at scheduled tour times and by appointment for groups.
Tour fee: $3–$5; all tour proceeds directly support the mill's operations and maintenance.

The Park, Center and Mill are closed:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

*Do not rely on Google Maps, Garmin or a Navigator App to get you to the park! If you search for "Yates Mill", it may lead you to the mill yard which is located at 4630 Lake Wheeler Road. This address is for contractor and emergency response purposes only. It is not a park entrance! The entrance is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road.