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SPECIAL EVENTS

2012 First Hike on January 1
To kick off the year-long celebration of Tennesssee State Parks' 75th Anniversary, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be hosting a "First Hike" program on January 1, 2012 to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle in the new year by enjoying the recreational treasures found in our Tennessee State Parks. This "First Hike" will be a walking tour of the park and Capitol building grounds, focusing on important "Firsts" of Tennessee History. Please contact Cara Alexander at 615-741-5771 for more information and to sign up.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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Plan Your Visit

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  Directions
Located at the foot of the State Capitol between James Robertson Parkway and Jefferson Street, 6th and 7th Avenues. Exits from the Interstates are marked Bicentennial Mall.

  Hours of Operation
The park closes at dark

Bicentennial Capitol Mall
State Park

600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Office: 615-741-5280

Park Manager Mike Cole receives the American Planning Association’s recognition of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as one of the United States’ Top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 from APA representative Lisa Milligan on Oct. 18 during a celebration at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  Learn more.
Park Manager Mike Cole receives the American Planning Association’s recognition of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as one of the United States’ Top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 from APA representative Lisa Milligan on Oct. 18 during a celebration at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Learn more.

Civil War Exhibit

New Civil War Exhibit in Visitor Center

A new Civil War exhibit, Tennessee - Struggle for the Heartland 1861-1865, is now open to the public at Bicentennial Mall’s Visitor Center as part of Tennessee’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal Visitor Center operating hours.

For more information on Tennessee’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, please visit www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/events.

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. The 19-acre park is designed to complement the Tennessee Capitol Building, give visitors a taste of Tennessee's history and natural wonders, and to serve as a lasting monument to Tennessee's Bicentennial celebration.

Current Status of Fountains   
The May 2010 floods caused quite a bit of damage to the park, including to the fountains, park office and other structures. The first order of business was to restore the basic functions of the park -- namely, the park office. In addition to repairing the damage to the fountains following the flood, we learned that the fountains must also be redesigned to incorporate new health code standards. While we have started the redesign process, we do not anticipate the fountains will be restored during the 2011 season. We appreciate your patience during the park's ongoing flood recovery and repairs. We will continue to update the website as we receive new information.

Annual Events

Special Events for 2011 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall

2012 First Hike on January 1 - To kick off the year-long celebration of Tennesssee State Parks' 75th Anniversary, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be hosting a "First Hike" program on January 1, 2012 to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle in the new year by enjoying the recreational treasures found in our Tennessee State Parks. This "First Hike" will be a walking tour of the park and Capitol building grounds, focusing on important "Firsts" of Tennessee History. Please contact Cara Alexander at 615-741-5771 for more information and to sign up.

Park Programs

Park Rangers provide interpretive tours of the park, historical presentations in period dress and off-site programs by reservation. Topics illustrate Tennessee’s rich history from early settlement days to present time. To schedule an interpretive tour, presentation or off-site program, please call 615-741-5771.

Meeting Rooms

Adjacent to the park, Nashville Farmers' Market has a meeting room that is available for booking, capable of seating up to 25 people. For reservations, pricing, and information please email info@nashvillefarmersmarket.org or call 615-880-2001.

Picnic Pavilions

Picnic tables located under the train trestle are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Restaurants

Nashville Farmers' Market is located next to the park and houses a selection of locally owned and operated restaurants and shops inside its Market House, open year-round. Also, food & beverages are available from a variety of local merchants in outdoor sheds, particularly during May-November peak growing season.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available under the train trestle.

The Tennessee Amphitheater

The center section of the park features a 2,000-seat amphitheater, composed of terraced lawns providing dramatic views of the State Capitol building. Its design is patterned after Greek amphitheaters, such as the one at Epidaurus. This location is used for many special events, ceremonies and concerts. Groups may reserve the amphitheater for a fee.

Historical Significance

With 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. Ironically, the historic French Lick that attracted wildlife, Indians, 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. In order to save the one remaining view of the Capitol and to commemorate Tennessee's 200th birthday, the concept of a mall similar to the one in Washington, DC, took shape.

Here are some historical features to look for when you visit Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park:
  • Zero Mile Marker
  • Small Tennessee Granite Maps
  • Tennessee Map Plaza
  • The Railroad Trestle
  • The Rivers of Tennessee Fountains
  • Tennessee Flags
  • Pathway of History
  • World War II Memorial
  • Carillons and the Court of 3 Stars
  • CCC Memorial
  • The Walkway of Counties
  • Path of Volunteers
  • Tour Buses

    Tour buses are welcome at the park.

    Honors

    The Nashville Business Journal 2006 Book of Lists ranks Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as Nashville's #1 Tourist Attraction.

    On Oct. 3, 2011, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was designated as one of the Top 10 Great Public Spaces in the U.S. for the American Planning Association’s 2011 Great American Places Program. Learn more.