Your Visit Starts Here
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. During the master plan process, we will host a variety of public programs and events at the park, everything from art classes and concerts to fitness programs and stargazing. Plan your visit to Dorothea Dix Park today.
If you are interested in having a private event and renting field space at Dorothea Dix Park, please email the Raleigh Special Events Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-996-2200 for more information.
Dorothea Dix Park is open daily (including holidays) from dawn to dusk. Hours for events vary. Please note that areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or events.
Getting to the Park
There are multiple entrances to Dorothea Dix Park. The most widely used entrances are Hunt Drive at Western Boulevard, South Boylan Avenue at Western Boulevard, Umstead Drive at Lake Wheeler Road, and Goode Street at Lake Wheeler Road. Because this is an active staff campus for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the next few years, parking at Dorothea Dix Park is limited during business hours. On weekends, visitors may park in any of the parking areas striped green.
Know Before You Go
You are welcome to…
- Enjoy the park, including the wide-open lawns, tree groves and other green spaces.
- Walk your dog, on a leash.
- Keep the park clean and green.
- Pack-in, pack-out a picnic.
Please be mindful that…
- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services administrative headquarters are located on park grounds. Please be respectful of the employees at work and avoid the buildings and parking areas during business hours.
- Over 900 people are buried at the cemetery. Please be respectful of this sacred ground.
- During this planning period, no water or concessions available in the park.
- Be sure to bring a water bottle for yourself and your furry friends, too.
- There are no public restrooms at the park, only port-a-johns.
City Ordinances prohibit…
- Smoking in the park.
- Digging, excavating or removing park property.
- Alcohol use, except by permit.
- Commercial activity, except by permit.
- Drug use.
- Not properly disposing of dog waste.
- Off-leash dogs.
Sunflower Field Photo Contest
This summer Dorothea Dix Park in collaboration with the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department and Office of Sustainability planted approximately five acres of sunflowers at the park. Thousands of people from across the Triangle and beyond came to see and take pictures of the field. A photo contest was held to capture the excitement of the community. Learn more about the field and the results of the contest below.