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Mount Bonnell, Austin

4.5
#3 of 19 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 is a great vista. It isn’t touted much, but an Austin native recommended it and it was a good view. You don’t realize how hilly Austin is from downtown. Parking was fairly easy too.  more »
  • I highly recommend this free activity which doesn't take much time. Plenty of free parking on mount bonnell drive. Some steps up to the top but not too difficult. Once you get to the top there are gre...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Very small hike. You can take a flight of stairs too! Sunsets are beautiful here! Nice view of the river and lake houses. Quite often you get to see people on steam boats in the river. It's quite serene here.
  • Stunning view from atop the mountain. Have a few trails around it which do give amazing views to the colorado river flowing along the mountain. Probably around 120-140 steep steps to get to the top. You get an astounding view of Austin downtown and surrounding areas to Austin from here. Definitely worth a visit. Plus you get to see nice houses built all around the area.

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