Historic yates Mill County Park Professional Review and Guide
"The 174-acre Historic Yates Mill County Park is 6 miles south of downtown Raleigh, and it features the masterfully restored waterpowered 18th-century Yates Mill. The park has more than 2 miles of hiking trails, which circle around a 20-acre pond fed by Steep Hill Creek and its tributaries. The trails explore the park’s surrounding wetlands and forests. This route starts at the park’s main facility, the A. E. Finley Center for Education, and follows the Millpond Trail across an impressive wooden boardwalk spanning the pond, with viewing scopes and benches that offers impressive views of the water. The trail then continues north and merges with the Creekside Trail for a 1-mile hike through the park’s wetlands and forests, but don’t worry—boardwalks keep your feet dry when you pass through the wetland areas. At the end of the Creekside Trail you turn around, backtrack on the Creekside Trail, and then follow the High Ridge Trail, which traverses the ridges above the pond, passing through mixed old field pine and hardwood forests. The High Ridge Trail rejoins with the Millpond Trail, which follows the pond shore, passing an observation deck of the water-powered mill at the end of the hike. You then return to the A. E. Finley Center for Education, where you will find much-welcomed rocking chairs on the porch to relax and enjoy views of the serene pond and the surrounding landscape."