Yates Mill Pond Trail

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Yates Mill Pond Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina 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
19 feet

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







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.

2 months ago

Definitely a strolling area for families w young children or adults beginning exercise. No pets allowed

4 months ago

Did this last weekend. Beautiful hike with a great photo option at the mill. Perfect little hike for families.

5 months ago

it's a great family friendly pet free trail. You don't have to worry about dog ____ everywhere due to bad owners and is generally paved and maintained for the watermill and areas. This is more or less a family trail over wilderness trail with pets

9 months ago

Perfect casual stroll.

11 months ago

Easy trail. Plan to return in the Fall.

Monday, November 07, 2016

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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

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

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Monday, January 25, 2016

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

Saturday, January 02, 2016

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??!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Great family hike.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hiked with my kids, my youngest was in a stroller and I didn't have a problem pushing it. Enjoyed the couple benches along the way the sit and enjoy the area.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Beautiful day at Yates Mill, nice easy flat loop trail around the lake; saw turtles, geese, other birds, leaves just coming out on the trees, this trail is good for trail running too. If in the Raleigh area, highly recommend this park.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Great first hike as a family. Beautiful day as well.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One of my favorites for two reasons, It is beautiful and you cannot see outside of the trail IE. The Road & Its completely and utterly calm and silent. Which is what I look forward too on a nature trail.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Great place for birding hiking and even better for family photo with the mill as a back drop.

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