The Chapel
Programs + Events

Civil War History Hike

Join us for a 2-hour walking tour exploring the Dix Park's rich Civil War history.

Event Details

As you walk through the park, learn about the Union troops who camped on the state hospital grounds in the final days of the American Civil War, Raleigh's earthwork fortification that cut through the property, and the impacts of the war on the hospital and patients.

The tour is led by Ernest Dollar, historian, author and Director of Museums for the City of Raleigh.

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Meet at the Chapel at Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Drive Raleigh, NC 27603

Registration: Participation is limited, registration is required. 


Know Before You Go

  • Walking up hills, in grass and on uneven surfaces will be necessary.
  • Dress for the weather . Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
  • Restroom facilities are available in the Chapel along with drinking water, please bring a water bottle to fill.
  • Temporary restrooms and water stations are available 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