So many of our great county parks have both historical and natural components that really make the visitor experience there wonderful. At Historic Yates Mill County Park visitors can explore the 134 acre wildlife refuge as well as the historic remains of a 1750s water-powered gristmill. Exhibits and artifacts in the visitor’s center tell the story of Wake County’s rich agricultural heritage, and programs, events, and costumed grinding demonstrations can further the experience. My children love the section of the educational center set aside for hands-on learning, with colonial dress up, puzzles and toys, and a coloring area. There are also natural research materials inside the center, including a large array of bird and egg specimens. Outside, you can take a walk around the lake, fish from the bridge, or explore the educational garden. The best part of this site is the mill itself, watching water cascade down the worn, mossy rocks and bricks, against the backdrop of the historic building and water wheel. It’s a great place to relax or enjoy a picnic with the family. I hope you get to visit Historic Yates Mill soon!
Know Before You Go: There are restrooms in the visitors center, they can be accessed from inside or outside the building.
No dogs, with the exception of service animals, are allowed on the property.
There are no food or drinks for sale at the site. There is a water fountain near the restrooms.
The park is free to visit, however costumed demonstrations and tours are offered March through November on Saturdays for a fee. View tours and fee schedules here