A large find of dinosaur trackways (a path of preserved footprints) was discovered in 1983 by an archeology grad student in a mine a few miles from town. The tracks were of sauropods. The original trackway is gone and only a few individual tracks were removed and preserved but visitors can view reproductions of molds of the footprints at several museums in Arkansas. The trackway is now considered a landmark discovery that influenced both the scientific study of sauropods and other dinosaur trackways.
Around town, there are many family-friendly spots for visitors to enjoy. The Howard County Courthouse was built in 1938 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nashville City Park offers trails to walk. Nashville was home to the first Dillard's Department Store. Visitors can see the old building on Main Street where William Dillard began his business. The city of Nashville, Arkansas is located near Historic Washington State Park, a popular cultural landmark, and Crater of Diamonds State Park, where people can dig for diamonds and keep what they find.