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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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  • A great quick walk to a superb view of both the city of Austin and Lake Austin. Lots of winding trails that open up on to incredible views.  more »
  • Came here with another couple. The hike up the stairs was short and sweet, took less than 5 minutes to get up. The views were amazing. It took much less time than expected and although it was beautifu...  more »
  • Everyone told us to go here when we visited Austin. We were not disappointed. The stairs are not nearly that bad or long as we were led to believe. Particularly great during sunset  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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