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

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
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.

Update: External restrooms and water fountains will reopen on Monday, June 1.
 
Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person.

Measures to limiting 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.

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least June 30:
  • Playgrounds and park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming 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

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN
We will be offering two camps this year: A three half-day Mill Theater and Art Mini Camp for students ages 6–8 on June 30–July 1 (online registration #9679), and a five-day Park Adventures Camp for students ages 9–12 on July 20–24 (online registration #9680). For details and registration links, go to the Summer Camps section of our Public Programs webpage.  
 
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