A day at Historic Yates Mill County Park offers visitors experiences and demonstrations that interpret and preserve American agricultural heritage, environmental resources and history through educational programs, events and exhibits. The park consists of a 174-acre wildlife refuge, an environmental research center and the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County. Dogs (except identifiable service animals) and other pets are not allowed.
Historic Yates Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by North Carolina State University. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It opened to the public in May 2006 and hosts approximately 100,000 visitors per year.