Need a new weekend adventure?
Historic Yates Mill County Park is a must visit for nature and history lovers!
My sister is honing her photography skills and needed a model for nature shots, so my 9 year old daughter was drafted!
Since we are relatively new to the Raleigh area, we did a quick Google search and decided on Historic Yates Mill County Park. It was a gloomy Sunday, but that didn't stop the other photographers from coming out and getting their own shots of the old mill! And after exploring the park, I wish I had a fancy camera too!
We started on the wooden bridge, which you can fish off of, and leads to a trail around the pond. We were lucky enough to see a gaggle of geese land onto the water - so cool and lots of splashing! There are huge binoculars on the bridge to view the pond wildlife, we saw lots ducks, geese and a huge, unknown bird stalking the fish.
A pit stop was made at the visitor center where the sweetest woman greeted us and introduced us to "Frankie" the turtle - Man, does he have the life, two story tank complete with water and a heat lamp! Since our visit was near Groundhog Day, there was a craft table set up for kids to create their own groundhog and tons of information about the animal. You can easily spend a couple hours in the visitor center, so much information about the mill's history and the wildlife found at the park.
We finally made it to the infamous mill and the view did not disappoint! The water mill wasn't running this day, but the large rocks and waterfalls made the perfect backdrop for photos....go here for your next family picture!
I did a little more research on the mill while waiting for the professional to take her photos. Every third weekend from March through November, the park hosts a cast of costumed interpreters who offer guided tour on the mill's history and give corn grinding demonstrations. And get this - the mill actually runs, you can watch it in operation!! This would be such a cool thing to see, it truly look like a set out of an old western movie that my dad likes to watch!
Every view in the park is beautiful! We plan on going back when the grass is green and the sun is out to take a hike around Yates Mill Pond.