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.
With just a simple walk in the 11-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.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243, United States
Visitor Center Hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
Suggested Equipment for Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Park rangers provide guided walks, costumed programs, and ranger talks on a regular basis. The rangers are well-versed in the history of Tennessee and provide insight into life in Nashville during various periods of history.
The mall features a 200-foot granite map of the state and a railroad trestle. The railway trestle stands as a reminder of the importance of railroading in Tennessee’s history.
The trains have traveled here since 1859 and were an important strategic point during the Civil War. Along the west side of the park, a 1,400-foot Wall of History is engraved with historic events that have occurred over the past two centuries. A granite pylon marks each ten-year period along the wall. The wall ‘breaks’ at the time of the Civil War to represent the divisive nature of the war within the state. There is also a World War II memorial and a Civilian Conservation Corps memorial.
Picnic tables located under the train trestle are on a first come, first-served basis.
Leave No Trace
Tennessee State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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