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Mount Bonnell, Austin

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Austin
Enjoy views of the city and Colorado River from the top of Mount Bonnell, considered the highest point in Austin. Named for George Bonnell, who served as commissioner of Indian Affairs of the Texas Republic, the mountain became a tourist attraction shortly after settlers began to build the city of Austin 335 m (1,100 ft) below. Park at the base and hike up. At the top, enjoy a picnic on the shaded viewing deck with benches that face the water. Put Mount Bonnell into our Austin trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It was worth the time to visit what is really more of a hill with a great view of the surrounding area. We walked up the 104 steps from the car but walked back on the Rocky path.  more »
  • stopped here as we were leaving town, and glad we did. you get a nice view of the skyline in the distance, and of the huge homes along the river (or "lake" as they call it)  more »
  • This is a quick and low-effort way to get a great view of Austin. You can park along the road and climb up some stone steps to get to the top for great views of the river below, some beautiful houses ...  more »

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