Today, we went to Yates Mill Park off Lake Wheeler Rd., Exit 279 off 440, 2.8 miles south of the exit.
Yates Mill Park features a nature education and research center as well as a working water powered grinding mill for corn. The mill was not in operation today and it would appear that it is only operating on certain Saturdays. Call before you go I guess.
We walked the trail around the pond (approx. 0.75 miles)as well as the dead end trail (approx. 1.0 mile each way) that goes back in the woods next to the NCSU Research farms. This trail was extremely wet and muddy. We did not reach the end due to the wet conditions. Based on what we saw, this trail would always be wet unless extreme drought set in and then I'm still not sure.
The mill and pond are picturesque and we saw lots of deer tracks, Canada geese and dwarf trillium.