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.

Length0.8 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPartially pavedWaterfallWildlifeBugsMuddyOver grownWashed outNo dogs
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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.

Full facility county park features large parking area near the entrance, full time visitor center, picnic tables, AE Finley Center for Education & Research, a historic mill with tours, decks, boardwalks, ampitheater, restrooms.

Yates Mill County Park 4620 Lake Wheeler Road Raleigh, NC 27603 Phone: 919-856-6675 Fax: 919-856-6674 Email: yatesmill@wakegov.com http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/information.aspx

Located off Lake Wheeler Road five miles south of downtown Raleigh, Historic Yates Mill County Park features the only remaining gristmill in Wake County. 5 Minutes from intersection of Lake Wheeler and Tryon. Will Be on your right. Or From I-440, take exit #297. Go south on Lake Wheeler road for 2.8 miles. & entrance will be on your right.

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Rebecca Jackson
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very well-marked trail. Many picture opportunities. Pond is visible along nearly all of the trail. Kids-friendly trail, but NOT stroller-friendly. Beautiful waterfall. Bathrooms at visitors center. Only rated 4 stars because it’s busier than I would like.

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Alana Griffith
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I loved both trails. Very interesting and easy and fun. Lots of birds. A big pond and grist mill along with lots of boardwalks make for good vibes.

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Khushi Goda
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Alway pretty. Little smelly. Fun for quick short trail

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James Wright
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Megan Whitener
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WalkingGreat!

Great for a leisure walk. Almost completely flat and has beautiful views.

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Ron Rockenbach
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Ran 3.8 miles in 41.34 minutes in neighborhood/Theys. Weather was cloudy and drizzly.

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Ryan Goodman
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Wina Hathaway
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Easy trail to traverse. We came late summer and while it was not packed, there was a crowd. It seems to be a popular location for photoshoots.

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Bill Dunham
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Ryan Davies
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PACKED!!! Heavy foot traffic.

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Ron Rockenbach
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Good conditions. Overcast @ 48 degrees. Ran 3.6 miles in 41.23 minutes.

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Lisa Beall
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Ron Rockenbach
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Ran 4.6 miles in 55 min.

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Lee Dydo
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Wes Watson
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Great park for kids and families. There’s 3 trails at this State Park. The mill was decorated for Christmas. It’s a famous pictures spot in and around the Mill.

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Chase Langdon
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nice and short but cold

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Spencer Llewellyn
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Nice easy trail with a beautiful mill.

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xin jin
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Mark Bodden
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Great place. Too many people. Too many photographers bringing too many people all at once.

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abraya johnson
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Jingkang Zhao
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Tori Greene
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Good flat trail - a little muddy

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Kerry Lukow
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WalkingGreat!

Great trail. The mill/waterfall was beautiful. Very flat with a wooden bridge over part of the pond. I would highly recommend this trail. It's pretty short, but we just went around multiple times to make it longer.

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Jeremy Hays
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This trail is often crowded due to photobugs, especially near the mill. The bridges can have a ton of photobugs and fisherman. It is a very beautiful short trail.

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David Johnson
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HikingGreat!

This is a really nice short trail around a lake. The Mill is beautiful and great for family pictures. They do not allow dogs on the trails so that’s unfortunate.

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Laura Mayo
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Mill Pond trails is a quick little hike, Greg for the whole family. Our kids 9, 8, 5 and 3 all loved it!

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Becky Utley
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Marta Szady
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Keenan Stoic
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Kevin G
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There are 3 trails in the park - Mill Pond (1 mile loop rated easy to moderate by the park), High Ridge (0.8 miles one way rated strenuous), and Creekside (2 miles in and out rated moderate). You must use at least part of the Mill Pond Trail to get to the other 2. I completed all 3 in 1.5 hours. The Creekside Trail has several long boardwalks over the swampier areas. They are only 2 boards wide so it would be difficult to pass someone let alone maintain 6 feet of physical separation. Luckily there were only 2 other people there on a Wednesday afternoon. It looks like the whole trail would be very muddy after rain.

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