Mount Bonnell
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Key Info

3800 Mount Bonnell Rd.

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

For great views, head to Mount Bonnell at Covert Park, which provides sweeping views of the city, Lake Austin and the surrounding hills. The 5.1-acre historic linear park is home to a 775-foot-high outcrop, considered the highest spot in the area. Mount Bonnell is designated a Texas Historic Landmark and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The point is located alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River and has proven to be an enduring tourist destination since the 1850s.

Recent visitors said it offers great views, best enjoyed on clear days. The peak of the overlook, which takes 102 steps to get to, is a craggy limestone outcropping and is surrounded by a forested area of live oak, ash juniper, persimmon and mountain laurel. Past travelers described the walk as "scenic and easy."

You'll need to drive to get to the park, which is free to visit, where you'll find free parking on Mount Bonnell Road. More information can be found on the City of Austin's website.

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