Historic Yates Mill Programs & Events

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Historic Yates Mill County Park offers a variety of program options for members of the public, groups, camps and major events focused on the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities of Wake County.

Public Programs

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The park offers guided mill tours, site-based, experiential, multi-disciplinary programs and camps for all ages. 

Group Programs

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Customized programs and mill tours are available for a wide range of age groups. Kids’ programs correlate with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and feature inquiry-based learning that encourages participation and enriches classroom experiences.


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Yates Mill’s camps offer your child hands-on history and nature activities including tours of the old mill, visits with live animals, hikes, crafts, games and more. There will be two adults with the kids at all times.

Historic Mill Tours

View of old wooden mill building with water flowing over dam

Yates Mill is an operable grain mill established around 1756. The equipment in the mill is original, left after the Lea family ceased milling operations in the mid-1950s. A visit to this historic treasure provides an opportunity to learn about an integral aspect of rural life in the early days of settlement in Wake County. 

Events Calendar

Our events calendar shows upcoming events in the park that may impact visitors in the park.  These include our own major events, but also events hosted by outside organizations such as marathons. 

Virtual Group Programs

The staff of Historic Yates Mill County Park is excited to be offering engaging online programs and virtual field trips. 


Historic Yates Mill From Home

There are lots of different activities created by park staff that will allow you to enjoy Historic Yates Mill County Park from home! Be sure to check back often, as this page is updated with new activities and videos regularly!