Park Rangers are well-versed in Tennessee's historical, natural and recreational attractions. Programs by park rangers are conducted at regular intervals Monday thru Friday. It is suggested that you call the park for these times.
Meeting RoomsNext to the park at the Nashville Farmer's Market is a meeting room that is available free of charge capable of seating up to 30 people. Contact number for reservations is (615) 880-2001.
Picnic PavilionsPicnic tables located under the train trestle are on a first-come first-serve basis.
RestaurantsThe Nashville Farmers Market is located next to the park. It has an international food court consisting of several ethnic food vendors.
RestroomsRestrooms are available under the train trestle.
Historical SignificanceHistorical 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:
Tour BusesTour buses are welcome at the park.
HonorsThe Nashville Business Journal 2006 Book of Lists ranks Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park as Nashville's #1 Tourist Attraction.