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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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Omg the view is stunning. You can see all over the city. The climb is a bit difficult. There are about 80 steps up to the summit. Physically challenged may not find it to easy to use. For us its a great place to marry couples eloping.
  • First visit here. There are nice trails to walk, even to bring your dog to. There was lots of shade to keep cool and a nice hidden garden to walk through with beautiful colors and peacocks along with places to sit. This was a very serene area of the trail. There is water along the trails to keep your dog hydrated but not really to swim in. All in all it was a good place to explore and enjoy. We will be back.
  • Nice view and short walk up 106 steps. View is blocked somewhat by trees at main viewing spot but better view about 30 yards to the right.
  • Not impressed...the drive is more fun than Mt. Bonnell. Parking is limited and dangerous as it is on the shoulder of the two way road. You climb one flight of stairs to look at a river and homes and leave...10 min in total.

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