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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
+1 615-741-5280
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Downtown Nashville
+1 615-741-5280
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The park was partially closed for a festival when I visited, but we still got to see the bells and hear the music at the top of the hour - very nice spot.

Thank Abby S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited in Saturday afternoon. There was a fair/show in the adjacent grounds and parking was at a premium. We reluctantly parked on the grass like many other cars but were j sure if this was really acceptable. The park is well set out, excellent...More

Thank Gill H
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to go and hang out for a few hours. The area was clean and I felt very safe. I loved the bells. The war memorial was a bit sobering, but very well done.

Thank tarynlw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great displays and information on history memorials are well done farmers market is next door to it as well and the capital is close

1  Thank stampmouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hiking group took a tour with a park ranger. So much to learn that you would not pick up on your own. Rich source of history!

1  Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Adjacent to the Nashville Farmers' Market is this marvel of a walkway surrounded by statues, large granite markers signifying important historical events, WWII memorial, largest map of Tennessee you will ever see, and green spaces with benches to rest your weary feet. My hubby and...More

1  Thank TexasCatBird
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered the Bicentennial Capital Mall by participating in a road race. The race was fun (Nashville 13.1) but the park was the star. It is open and beautiful.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were killing some time before our food tour, so we walked around the area and stumbled across this park. They were doing a 10K through Nashville on this particular day, and as we walked through the park you had food and a lot of...More

1  Thank LifeisTooShort69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's beautiful here and there was an Italian festival going on, which made it really fun. A must-see attraction in Nashville

1  Thank familytraveler201115
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As part of our guided tour we were taken here. Not sure if we would have located it by ourselves. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Alan E
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Christy F
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Response from Barbara G | Reviewed this property |
I do remember a restroom area, but not near the columns.
6 April 2016|
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Response from jhuvos | Reviewed this property |
We took the upgraded RCA/Studio B tour from the Country Music Hall of Fame. It took about 45 minutes. We roamed the museum before and after the Studio B tour. Very worthwhile - guide was knowledgeable and it was cool to... More