Nashville frequently shows off the view from Bicentennial Mall for the entire nation to enjoy; most televised sporting events broadcast the view from the mall, which was designed to preserve the area’s only unobstructed view of the antebellum state capitol building.
Built to honor the state’s 200th anniversary in 1996, the park occupies a piece of land that was part of the Great Salt Lick, or French Lick, where prehistoric animals came for the salt and hunters came for the animals. A nearby exhibit showcases the remains of a saber tooth tiger found during construction of the park. The migratory paths around the salt lick contributed to the rapid growth of the settlement of Nashborough.
The park was honored by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the United States.
The park’s map plaza honors the state’s heritage through maps showcasing music, trails, geology and topography. A new Civil War exhibit, Tennessee—Struggle for the Heartland, 1861-1865—is now open to the public in the Visitor Center. A railroad trestle, flag court, history wall, World War II floating globe memorial and series of fountains provide more information about the state’s history and features.
The Court of 3 Stars, built with red, white and blue granite, contains a 95-bell carillon representing our musical heritage. A Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial, Walkway of Counties and Path of Volunteers complete the park’s features.
Picnic tables located under the train trestle are on a first-come first-serve basis.
The Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is divided into Four Steps. Each step covers different topics and offers a selection of fun, hands-on activites. As you complete each activity, you will be one step closer to becoming a Junior Ranger. Topics in Steps 1 & 2 include: Safety, History, Plants, Wildlife, Astronomy and Water. In Step 3 you will create your own stewardship project. In Step 4 you will take your Adventure Guide to the park ranger or park office to take your pledge, receive your badge and become an official Tennessee State Park Junior Ranger.
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Visit the visitor center at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
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The park is a popular spot for urban walkers, museum visitors, school children and photographers. It is adjacent to the site of the now-defunct Sulpher Dell baseball park, once the oldest continually used baseball park in the nation. A 2,000-seat amphitheater of terraced lawns occupies the center section of the park.
The park’s exhibits and features honor veterans and famous Tennesseans. The 1,400-foot Wall of History is engraved with historic events from the past 200 years in Tennessee. A granite pylon marks each decade. A break in the wall in the 1860s represents the divisive nature of the Civil War. The Walkway of Counties contains a time capsule from each county, to be opened in 2096. Visitors may turn the World War II memorial, an 18,000-pound granite globe floating on one-eighth of an inch of water, with their own hands. The 31 vertical water fountains, representing the state’s prominent waterways, are being replaced after the damage from 2010 floods. They are expected to be operational in July.
600 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243
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.
7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.