Explore: Yates Cider Mill

Explore: Yates Cider Mill

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 9, 2018)

Rochester Hills, MI- An autumn tradition continues as Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills is serving up family fun and fresh-pressed apple cider.

In 1863 William and Caroline Yates moved to Michigan from New York and purchased 80 acres of land on the Clinton River. They started a grist mill and added a cider mill by 1876. The mill uses water power to create fresh apple cider. They also make donuts and other pastries.

Around the mill are parks and a pathway through the woods along the river. In peak fall season there is a tent with fresh corn, an area for Michigan made fudge, a petting zoo of goats and sheep, and pony rides for small children by Tina’s Pony Parties.

The river trail is wide and easy to walk, stretching about half a mile along the river.  Side trails are more challenging, but provide beautiful views of nature. Across Avon Road offers picnicking, fishing, and the quaint bubbling sound of a waterfall over a dam.

Yates is located at 1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.  Learn more at www.yatescidermill.com

Learn more about parks in the City of Oak Park on their website.

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