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Mount Bonnell

Open today: 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Long Staircase, Great View

Have to climb a long staircase to get to the overlook. It could use a few pull outs with benches... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alvin, Texas
Great View

Great little hike up to the top with a great view of the river and surrounding areas. One of my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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3800 Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX 78731-5846
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All reviews colorado river short hike highest point worth the climb easy hike view of the river pretty view austin skyline hill country nice hike great view of the city bring your camera worth the effort walk up austin area worth the trip take pictures
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have to climb a long staircase to get to the overlook. It could use a few pull outs with benches, so older people or Mom's carrying kids can catch their breath. The view is worth the climb. The parking is fairly easy.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little hike up to the top with a great view of the river and surrounding areas. One of my favorite spots in all of ATX.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dylang73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a small area but offers good vintage point to take in the views of the river and the houses along the river - some very expense houses with boat docking areas. I think it’s better to visit in the fall/winter when you can see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sheanac2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Strenuous climb up many stairs leads you to a high vantage point over the river. Paths lead in opposite directions.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank S3270VElesliew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a very short hike to some good views. There are a couple of picnic tables at the top, but if they are full there are plenty of flat rocks to sit on on the trail back.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Aolisi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable 15 min climb up. Stairs and trail Vailable. The view of the city and lake austin from there is just breathtaking. Its beyond marvelous

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shrutis1989
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went Friday evening for sunset, so I was concerned about parking. No need, there is plenty of parking and a lot of spots still available, even on a weekend at sunset. We went straight up the stairs (approximately 100 steps), walked around up there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank KelEBee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to visit to get a birds eye view of the area. It was only moderately busy when we went mid-morning on a Sunday in November so we had no problem snapping a few pics without having to wait for an opening. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank juliaadel
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a nice spot to check out the views of Lake Austin and the Colorado River. The hiking trail to the top of the overlook is short and there was plenty of parking.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nomadanthony
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

A great place for great views. Best part is that you can go on kayaking and oaring in the lake nearby to relax

Date of experience: November 2018
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Virginia R
October 10, 2018|
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Response from dianegallagher228 | Reviewed this property |
No fee. Just park and walk up the steps!
Cristina C
August 9, 2018|
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Response from CarogaMan | Reviewed this property |
I believe so. Leash is recommended. I don’t think there are any restrictions for dogs.
June 28, 2018|
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Response from Zainab A | Reviewed this property |
It is not long at all, the hard part is the stairs but u can avoid that by going through the farther entrance . If u decide to take the stairs it might be like 5 to 8 min up.
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SA - Austin - Ft Worth - 5 day itinerary - recommendations? (7 Replies)
Traveling with my fiancee to Texas for a 5 day roadtrip. We're trying to see it all / do it all in our limited time with an emphasis on activities/sites that give a true Texas feel (country western, bbq, line dancing, rodeos, ranches, wildlife, hiking). Only things set are the flights currently, arriving in the morning in SA and departing after 5 days in the evening from DFW. Trying to figure out the itinerary in between (how much time to spend in SA, hill country, Austin, Ft Worth). ...More
August 04, 2014|
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What are the dates of your trip?
Austin, TX
Check out my itinerary. What do you think? (3 Replies)
Friday night: Sullivan's Opal Devine's Mother Egan's Pub Saturday: Lunch at Sam's BBQ Zilker Park Dinner at Vespaio Continental Club The Foundation Sunday: Brunch at Fonda San Miguel Mt. Bonnell Dinner at Uchi's Monday: Lunch is still open. Let me know what you think or if it doesn't seem to flow. I think I got everything relatively close together. Thanks!
July 19, 2005|
Response fromthechad|
Fishingirl- Sounds pretty fun, some things to consider... Uchi is closed on Sundays, maybe move it to Sat night! It is wonderful they do a Sake Social Happy Hour 5:30 to 6:30 Lunch on Monday, you can not go wrong with Shady Grove! Also Brunch at Stubb's Gospel Sunday Brunch is way fun complete with Bloody Mary Bar and some great live gospel Have fun
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Visiting Austin 20th - 25th (2 Replies)
So my girlfriend and I are headed to Austin tomorrow and heading back on Monday. We're staying at the Red Roof Inn off I-35, and looking to do as much as possible during our stay. For that reason, I'm pretty sure we'll need a car... at least to do anything that isn't in the heart of the city. I've put together a list of some touristy ideas... Mount Bonnell, Barton Springs, Baylor Street Art Wall, Zilker Park, Congress Bridge Bats, SoCo Ave, 6th St, Mohawk, UT, Capital Building, Harry Ransom...More
August 19, 2014|
Response frompainnurse|
I assume you are staying at Red Roof Plus. We were just there and pleasantly surprised esp since the rates were very reasonable. You NEED a car. We got one pretty cheap online. Well worth it. Unless you are staying right in the city, you really need a car as Austin is spread out. Just my opinion.