Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Tennessee

(615) 741-5280

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Overview

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. It gives visitors a taste of Tennessee's history and natural wonders and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee's Bicentennial celebration. Park rangers are available to give information on the park and Tennessee's history. Visitors may also find rangers in period dress, from the early settlement of Tennessee to present day, as well as programs about Tennessee's history. 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, American 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 because of its natural attributes. 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.

Map of Bicentennial Capitol Mall (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.165994, -86.776591

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Park Rangers will provide guided walks, costumed programs, and Ranger talks by reservation. To schedule a tour, guided walk or off-site program, please contact the park.

  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Picnicking

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

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. It is noted for its fall foliage and spring flowers.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(615) 741-5280

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