Our Raleigh trip was more of a tour given by my in-laws. They are looking at the area to potentially move there one day and have been before. So naturally there were plenty of things they wanted to show us! One of those things was the Historic Yates Mill Country Park in Raleigh.
The weather could not have been more perfect for our visit! It was about an hour until sunset and the temperatures were a comfortable 75 degrees with a light breeze. We walked the pathway down to the restored mill wandering through the tall oak trees.
A gorgeous lake which stretches about 20-acres reflected the beautiful sunny skies and surrounding tress around it. I couldn’t help but stand at the base of the lake and marvel in its beauty.
The Yates Mill is an originally restored 1756 gristmill. The mill operated until 1948 when the demand decreased. When North Carolina State University acquired the land in 1963 they intended on using the property as an experimental farm.
The Yates Mill was restored in 1996 by the Yates Mill Association and Wake County Parks, Rec and Open Space. It opened to the public in May of 2006.
Notice the sign? We took our chances and walked around the water. Snakes don’t bother me much, surprisingly. We never spotted any snakes while we were there though!
The mill was such a beautiful sight! It was really cool walking around down by the water along the tress and the mill structure.
This was the cutest little hut on the property. It had a tin roof and wood log design. Look how cute this wagon wheel is?! It reminds me of a hut that would be in an old John Wayne western.
On one of the logs of the hut was this star design. I couldn’t tell if it was a natural design or man-manned. Still a really cool sight!
The Yates Mill is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and enjoying the weather when it’s nice. We lucked out during our visit because a cold front had moved through the area the night before. The temperatures where in the upper 70s with a nice breeze.
If you find yourself in Raleigh on a gorgeous weekend, check out Yates Mill.