View of Flower Field at Dorothea Dix Park

Dorothea Dix Park

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Sunflower Update Visiting the Park Future Planning Background

Dorothea Dix Park is Raleigh’s largest city park. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh.  

Visit the Dorothea Dix Park website for visitor information, upcoming programs and events, and project updates.



Dorothea Dix Park
2105 Umstead Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603



Sunflower Update

With the health and safety of the community as a top priority, the City of Raleigh has decided not to plant the Dix Park Sunflower Field this year. We are disappointed too, the sunflowers bring so much joy. 

Read the full update here.

Visiting the Park

  • Dorothea Dix Park is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administrative headquarters are located on park grounds. Please be respectful of the 2,000 employees at work and avoid the buildings and parking lots during business hours.
  • Weekday Public Parking is limited. View the Dix Park Visitor Map. 
  • Public Parking is available in all lots after 5 pm on weekdays and all day during weekends.
  • Port-A-Johns are the only restroom facility in the park. 
  • The Dix Park Temporary Dog Park is grass-covered and closes for regular mowing and maintenance. Dix Park Dog Park Information and Maintenance Schedule

Future Planning

In February 2019, Raleigh City Council unanimously approved the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan for the long-term vision of the park. Along with master plan adoption, City staff were directed by Council to develop an implementation plan for Phase 1. Recommendations on cost and funding options, governance structures and scope of work for the first projects will be brought back to Council for review and approval in early 2020. 

Access presentations, meeting records, and documents from the master plan process in our Planning Database. If you would like additional information, please contact



On July 24, 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to plan and develop a new destination park – Dorothea Dix Park. The City leased back large portions of the Dorothea Dix Campus to the State for its administrative operations of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

In 2017, The City of Raleigh, in partnership with Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, embarked on the incredible effort to create America’s next great public park through an innovative and extensive master planning process. The Master Plan process was governed by a community-led, multi-tier structure. Ultimately, Raleigh City Council gave final approval of the Master Plan for Dorothea Dix Park.