Pennybacker Bridge

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Terri D
47 contributions
Fun little hike up the ridge. Took some pix and enjoyed the wonderful weather. It wasn't too crowded either... by the looks of all the parked vehicals, I thought it was going to be. Wear good shoes, some spots can be slippery.
Written March 3, 2020
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CynCeeG 🇺🇸
Austin, TX491 contributions
Solo
It's called "Pennybacker Bridge Overlook", a scenic spot from top of a cliff. Parked car side of Hwy360 and hiked my way through a trail, leading up a VERY rocky terrain, that's steep yet manageable with good footware (flip flops not recommended) Reached top of the cliff to embrace the most beautiful & breathtaking view of the hill country. Amazing! Over looking the bridge, the Colorado River/ Lake Austin, and Capital of TX highway (360), even a glims of downtown. Trail continues once up there. I think this is one of the best scenic sightings I've witnessed in Austin, TX! Beats the view from Mount Bonnell. Caution: cliff has no fence! Careful with the selfies too close to the edge. Careful hiking back down the trail!
Written June 17, 2020
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Cathy S
Farmersville, TX211 contributions
Friends
You can hike up on the cliffs on either west or east side. Both have great views. There is limited parking on the northwest side and some parking at the boat ramp on the south side. Most pictures you see with the golf course in the background are from the northwest cliff. You can get the sunset view from the northeast side. Both are pretty easy to climb. The northeast side is less crowded.
Written October 13, 2019
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
Are the views good from the cliffs? Yes but this is not going to be much of an adventure. The bridge is okay and the hike up the hill not so much. It is a short hike less then a quarter of a mile through trash and graffiti, to an overcrowded ledge above the bridge. The views are outstanding, pictures without people or shadows of hard to get. Might be a great place to get some Sunrise/Sunset pictures if there isn't a big crowd.
Written May 31, 2022
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ethan
Sweeny, TX1 contribution
Couples
BEWARE!!
Our window was smashed and we were robbed. The parking area is full of glass, after doing some research it’s a hot spot for thieves. They also not only broken into our car but another car a couple feet down. Even though the parking area is off of a main highway it still happened.
Don’t go!
Written August 27, 2021
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Callie
Austin, TX53 contributions
Friends
it's THE bridge you always see. park right before the actual bridge (yes it says no parking but the gravel is there for that and no one ever gets towed). there will be a little trail head that takes you up to a great view of the city in the distance and the bridge up close. If you head off to the right after taking your iconic photo there is a trail that's a good mile or two with beautiful flowers and butterflies and some more views further down the river
Written December 14, 2018
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Bill78727
Austin306 contributions
Friends
Just park on the west side of 360 on the frontage and follow the path as it goes up the hill to way above Loop 360 and the bridge below. Several paths to chose from to allow for different levels of climb/hike skills.
Get to the top and take a long look at all the beauty of Lake Austin and the Hill Country. The bridge itself is an amazing feat of design and engineering.
Take some pix and then work your way back down.
Go early as it does get hot in Texas.
Written June 18, 2018
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homeowner E
Austin, TX465 contributions
Friends
I'm hardly an experienced hiker and we made it to the top in five minutes. You'd do yourself a favor by wearing sneakers though, since it's a natural pathway with no stairs. At the top, the view is spectacular. Really, its the only way to fully see Pennybacker. Though you might be tempted to take your pics as soon as you emerge on top, head down the pathway to the right and use the first lookout instead. The view is even better from there and it's great for getting portrait shots with the bridge. There's a small parking area just after the stop light and before the bridge. We had no trouble finding a spot on a weekday.
Written June 5, 2015
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Helen C
Austin, TX296 contributions
Short hike up to a beautiful view of the lake and downtown in the distance. Nice nooks and crannys for privacy. Clear skies up high make you feel like 'King of the World' 🌎
Written July 25, 2020
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YinzerTakesAWalk
Pittsburgh, PA26 contributions
Friends
We parked alongside the road before the bridge where there was ample space and made our way up the jutting rocks and branches to get a good view of the bridge. Due to the terrain and rocks that have been worn smooth from foot traffic, make sure to wear tennis shoes, etc. with good tread. Plenty of space at the top to view the expansive view of the bridge and river. The sight and smell of the many blooms and trees on top of the rocks is another great reason to make the climb.

The space is pleasant for bringing a blanket to sit and enjoy the breeze. NOTE for families with small children that there are NO fences or barriers lining the peak, just a straight drop down the jagged rocks into the river. The climb would also be difficult for those with limited mobility - no paved pathway available whatsoever and very steep.
Written March 29, 2020
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