Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park is small when it comes to physical space, just 19 acres on the north side of the capitol building. But this urban park is a great place to take the family for a history lesson disguised as a bike ride. The route is a portion of the longer Music City Bikeway.
Who Will Love It
Anyone who loves history, Nashville, Tennessee, or an excuse to learn while being outdoors.
The Volunteer State celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1896 with the construction of the beloved Centennial Park, so it stands to reason that it celebrated its 200th anniversary in much the same way. The park has tons of elements that honor both Tennessee and Tennesseans, including a 200-foot granite map of Tennessee embedded in concrete; a River Wall with 31 fountains, each representing one of Tennessee's rivers; and a timeline with Tennessee events, inscriptions, and notable quotes from 1796 to 1996. A one-mile path that circles the mall's perimeter is perfect for biking, walking and running. Take a break next to the 95 carillon bells (for the state's 95 counties). They play "The Tennessee Waltz,” “Rocky Top,” and other Tennessee-themed songs every hour on the hour.