Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
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.
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.
A variety of events are offered throughout the year, including ranger-led guided tours. check out the upcoming events page.
The bells at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are one of the most popular attractions for visitors. The bells are part of a “Carillon”, which means the bells reside in towers and are played with either a keyboard or, in this case, an automated pattern. The bells ring all day between the house of 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM. First, they ring on the quarter hour (example: 1:15) and then play a full Tennessee song at the top of each hour (example: 1:00). Visitors enjoy standing in the midst of the bells when they are ringing and playing for an immersive musical experience.
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's gift shop is located in the visitor center. An array of clothing, mugs, water bottles, and other items to remember your visit are available.
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.
Park Trail Maps
Looking for a trail map? Click the link below to see a list of the maps available at this park. The page includes all the trail maps we have available, organized by park. We have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.