Find your escape in the heart of the City. Come enjoy the wide-open fields, rolling meadows and shady tree groves or join us at one of a variety of exciting Programs and Events.
Dorothea Dix Park is open seven days-a-week from sunrise to sunset.
Need directions to a specific area of the park? Looking to to explore more? Check out our Park Visitor Map and plan your visit today.
The Big Field
Enjoy this expansive 35 acres of open meadow, which has a mixture of flat spaces and rolling hills bordered by a pine grove and rows of mature oak trees.
This space is popular for family and friend picnics, flying drones, playing pick-up games, running, walking dogs and flying kites. The Big Field is often the site of large festivals and community events.
Amenities: Public Parking, Picnic Tables, Temporary Restrooms and Hand Washing Station.
Relax on a shaded hillside with an iconic view of the Raleigh skyline or spread out and play in a flat grassy area along the Rocky Branch Greenway. In the winter, the 16-acre Grove offers the best sledding in town!
With mature oaks and views of downtown, this area is perfect for family and friend picnics and hopping on the Rocky Branch Greenway.
Amenities: Public Parking, Greenway Trailhead
Take in the grand skyline view of downtown Raleigh while enjoying 11-acres of open rolling lawn. In the early spring, a ribbon of daffodils blooms through the middle of the field.
Popular spot for family and friend meetups, picnics, pick-up games and walking dogs. Large festivals and community events often take place in this area.
Amenities: Picnic Tables, Temporary Restrooms and Hand Wash Station.
Located along the front drive of the original hospital building, mature oak trees create a shaded oasis on this 4-acre grassy hillside complete with perfectly framed views of the Raleigh Skyline.
Gather in the shade with family and friends for picnics and community gatherings.
Amenities: Public Parking
This 3-acre flat grassy area has a sky-high pine grove backdrop that divides the space from the Big Field.
Many programs take place at Williams Field including our popular Yoga in the Park and other fitness classes.