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Mount Bonnell, Austin

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#3 of 11 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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  • This place has a calming effect. A relatively quite place that is not very crowded and also offering a scenic view of Austin. Do visit if you have the time.  more »
  • We have lived here for 20 years and we bring out of town guest here. It's a beautiful scenery and no one complains.  more »
  • Short hike or set of steps to get to some awesome views. Great overlook of CO river and some impressive houses. The hike is rocky so have steady footing but worth the trip.  more »
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  • Beautiful scene at the top of Mt Bonnell. Great exercise to hike up there. Go when it cool weather cause it get crazy hot during the summer and mosquitoes too.
  • Nice views, but not quite a hike. There are steep steps in the beginning and a trail to the right of it. We took our time with it and finished in 30 minutes. Good place to see if you have the time.
  • Mt. Bonnell is a good place for hiking. It's a very small hill that ppl can view the Colorado river from its top. Just need to go up 106 stairs then you will get to the top. We went there during noon time, but I think the view will be awesome at sunset. There is a park near Mt Bonnell, some ppl go camping in that park, then come to Mt. Bonnell top to see the night view along Colorado river. It's very easy to park the car. Just park your car along the road sides.
  • Really nice view of the massive colorado movie. A nice place for family visit. Travelled there with wife and 3 year old kiddo, all had good time.
  • Great little hike within Austin. The views of the Colorado River are great and it seems to be a cool place to chill and have a picnic if you wanted. Kid friendly, would not recommend bringing a stroller. No bathrooms.
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