Yates Mill Pond Trail

EASY 30 reviews
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Yates Mill Pond Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

0.8 miles 28 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

washed out

no dogs

The Yates Mill County Park Millpond Trail is an easy 1.0 mile loop that goes clockwise past the AE Finley Center to the Historic Mill along a crushed gravel path, then continues past the mill across the creek and up around the lake, featuring many viewpoints. Lined with benches, will pass the field classroom half way around and then returns to the parking area across the Pond Boardwalk (fishing allowed with a permit). The centerpiece of the 174-acre park is Historic Yates Mill, which is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was restored to working order through a grassroots community effort by 2005. The park was developed by, and is managed through, a partnership effort among Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, NC State University, and the non-profit group Yates Mill Associates (YMA). The University owns the property while Wake County operates, maintains and interprets the park including the 20-acre Mill Pond, and YMA operates and maintains the Mill. The park opened to the public in May 2006 and hosts about 100,000 visitors per year. Source: http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/information.aspx

very paid to play type of trail, almost more worried about grooming and legal issues than keeping it natural. short and lots of snakes on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy walk around the lake, historic mill and many wildflowers in the spring.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great, my wife and kids and I all had a great time. A lot to see and explore.

2 months ago

What kind of trail doesn't allow dogs?! This is a worthless park.

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walking
5 months ago

Walked the trail with wife and kids. Great time and very beautiful!

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

i enjoy this park. great places to relax and see nature. trails are good. the one around the lake is easy and flat, but the creekside trail is my favorite. consists mostly of 2x4 planks over swampy marshland, always quiet and peaceful. nice for an interesting, contemplative walk.

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walking
8 months ago

good

hiking
9 months ago

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10 months ago

What kind of hiking trail only allows service animals? What gives? If I could give it zero stars I would

11 months ago

No pets allowed....I think the dog may be even more bummed than me!!! Looks like a cool spot but what hiking trail isn't pet friendly??!

1 year ago

Great family hike.