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
36 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.

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3 months ago

Perfect casual stroll.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Easy trail. Plan to return in the Fall.

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8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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.