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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Climb the steps or walk the path, your effort is warmly rewarded with the view from the top of Mount Bonnell. See the city skyline and the river running through Austin.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I have made the trek up the stairs many times and it is worth it every time. I take family and friends when they are visiting to see the view. I take it slow due to a bad knee but it is worth it once ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    If you go to Austin, you have to take a trip out to Mt. Bonnell. It's a bit of a workout getting up the stairs, but the views at the top are worth the effort!  more »

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