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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

600 James Robertson Parkway

Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996.

During the urban building boom in downtown Nashville during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Tennessee State Capitol disappeared from sight on the east, west and south sides. The northern side of the Capitol was not conducive to the construction of skyscrapers due to the swampy conditions that existed in many areas between the Capitol and the Cumberland River. Because of its natural attributes, the historic French Lick that attracted wildlife, Native Americans, trappers and settlers to what would become Nashville also preserved the remaining view of the Capitol and became the home of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state. The two page park map is a helpful and informative tool for those wishing to take a self-guided tour of the park. To learn more about our seasonal,  ranger-led guided tours, please visit our activities page.

A variety of events are offered throughout the year. An annual highlight is Tennessee’s History Festival. Held in the fall, this free event is a popular educational field trip for area schools. During the festival historical interpreters provide hands-on demonstrations of period trades and activities providing a glimpse of how people lived from day to day during the mid 19th century. Schools and groups wishing to attend the festival may make reservations with the park manager.

The visitor center, picnic tables and restrooms are located under the train trestle. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adjacent to the park is the Nashville Farmer’s Market. Open year-round, the market is home to restaurants and shops with a wide variety of offerings and cuisines.

The park features a 2,000-seat amphitheater that provides dramatic views of the Nashville skyline. Composed of terraced lawns, the amphitheater was designed after the Greek theater at Epidaurus. The amphitheater may be reserved for a fee.

The park is used for many special events. In addition to park sponsored events, the park is a popular location for many local and regional events. Portions of the park may be impacted during these events with park and Metro Nashville street closures being involved during the week and weekends. We are sorry for any inconvenience to our guests during these times and appreciate your patience. 


Melanie Bean

Friday, June 8, 2018
We were lucky enough to stumble upon a reenactment of a baseball game from 1864. I know it sounds strange, but it was a lot of fun to watch. The farmers market was huge and all of the vendors were really friendly. There was also an amazing ice cream place in the market building with the restaurants in it. We walked down and let the kids play in the splash pad too, they had a great time with all the other kids. If you like history the walls and sidewalks are full of information about the state, including some interesting quotes.

Matt Palomaki

Friday, June 15, 2018
Great spot to take out of towners and walk around. The historical timeline with major world events is cool. Stand in the middle of the 3 stars and get great a view of the capital. Stand dead center of the three stars and the echo created by the pillars is a super cool experience. When the fountains are on kids like to play in them and the granite globe is fun for kids to try and get it to rotate. Added a bonus if farmers market is open.

Randall Jeremiah

Monday, June 11, 2018
Good park for a stroll if you want shade rest under the railroad tracks sitting at the tables there. You can cool off at the fountain simply by running through it. Let your inner kid out. I recommend if you are in the city and need a short break go here it is close and a 30 minutes stroll can help to reset.

David Win

Saturday, March 10, 2018
This just might be one of the nicest city parks we've ever experienced. We first encountered it in our last few hours of our first flying visit to Nashville, and vowed to investigate it further if we ever managed to return. Fortunately, the city left such an impression on us, we actually returned the next year (2017), allowing us to get to know the park better. The timeline wall detailing historic events was a fascination as well as an education. The kids playing in the fountains in an attempt to stay cool, charming. The open space in the middle of the hubbub of the city, a welcome escape. The views up to the civic buildings atop the hill are great, but by far our most favourite thing was the chiming clock towers at the far end of the park. We shared a wee moment of magic up there when we managed to get the place to ourselves. Don't miss it, and if you arrive late or early, wait for the show on the hour. It's a joy!


Sunday, May 6, 2018
Great place for gathering, free parking, tho not so close to event (Octoberfest). Sweeping view of surroundings. Many rehabilitated old homes, some over 150 years old. Area has seen resurgence in popularity recently, many new restaurants there. Parking at these places is tight, tho some have valet service. Great variety also. I enjoyed my visit very much.

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