The Chapel
Programs + Events

Guided Walking Tour

Spend an afternoon learning the history of Dix Park!

Event Details

This free, 2-hour, 3.5 mile walking tour will cover the history of the buildings, land, and legacy of Dorothea Dix; the current use as both Raleigh’s largest urban park and as the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the next steps the City is taking to plan the future of Dix Park.

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: This tour meets at The Chapel at Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh, NC 2760 

Registration: While free to attend, space is limited for each tour. Registration is required. 


Know Before You Go

  • Walking up hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
  • Indoor restroom facilities are located in the Chapel during open hours. Port-a-johns are available throughout the park.
  • There are water fountains and water bottle refilling stations located in the Chapel and throughout the park.
  • If there is inclement weather, the tour will be canceled and registered participants will be notified by email.

Directions and Parking

  • Via Western Boulevard: Enter at Hunt Drive or S. Boylan Avenue
  • Via Lake Wheeler Road: Enter at Umstead Drive
  • Follow Signs towards The Chapel
  • Parking is located in the lots next to and in front of the Chapel. ADA parking is available.
  • Click on the image below for an enlarged parking map.

The Chapel Parking Map


Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: ADA parking spaces for the Chapel are to the left and out front of the building. ADA parking spaces are available in all lots.

Chapel Entrance: Ramp and ADA push button activated door is located to the left of the front of the building. 

Restrooms: Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the Chapel.

Programs and Events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or


Contact Dix Park Staff at 919-996-3255 or