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Ask a Ranger: Yates Mill Pond

Many of our North Carolina state parks were affected by gristmills and millponds that were created in and around our North Carolina communities. We do not have any working gristmills in North Carolina state parks, so Ranger Jess and Ranger Crystal traveled to a Wake County park in Raleigh, Yates Mill Pond, to talk all things millpond and gristmill. From how a gristmill works and the community aspects of a gristmill and millpond, to the nature that is in and around a millpond — Ranger Rebeccah Cope educates on it all!

 

Long Hazy Days of Summer

 

Is the heat getting to you? Come on up! Ashe County, home of Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, is often referred to "as the Coolest Corner of North Carolina."

Join a Park Ranger guided hike or program. Take a float down the New River and find the perfect fishing hole.

July is packed with local activities. There are continuing concerts in the Town of Todd and on the Backstreet of West Jefferson. The month ends with the Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention on July 27 and 28.

New pedestrian bridge over Waccamaw Dam now open

 A pedestrian bridge over 300 feet long that crosses the dam at Lake Waccamaw is now complete. An accessible fishing platform is part of the new bridge.

The bridge will enable hikers and cyclists to access the Lake Shore Trail from the southwest end of the park and allow visitors to travel around the whole lake for a 14-mile trip. Currently, there is a 1.8-mile section where bicyclists must walk their bikes.

We hope to provide a path that will allow bicycles traverse the entire trail in the future.