Whether you’re an Austinite or a tourist passing through Austin looking for a scenic view, Mount Bonnell is a spot you will quickly love. With a breathtaking view of the city and the Colorado River, it has been a popular destination since the 1850s. Here’s a quick run through of the heavily visited mount.
Mount Bonnell is part of Covert Park. This Austin hot spot was designated a Texas Historic Landmark in 1969. While it is a mountain, don’t let that intimidate you. Getting to the top is easy. There’s no climbing needed. However, there is a lengthy staircase you need to take to get to the top. Once you get to the top, you will be 785 feet high. It’s undeniably the best place to get a panoramic view of the city, complete with the 360 bridge, Downtown Austin and Lake Austin. A pavilion sits at the top of the mountain where you can sit and enjoy the views. We recommend bringing a picnic, or if you’re looking for some solitude, take a book to read.
If you’re looking for some in-depth information on the area, there are signs and preserved landmarks describing the importance of the mountain’s name and history.
There is no parking lot at the base of Mount Bonnell, but there is free parking along the street. The views at the top are just as beautiful at night as they are in the morning. However, don’t go too late, as its curfew is 10:00 P.M.
TIP: This is a great place to see the sunrise or sunset. If you’re looking for free date ideas, keep Mount Bonnell in your options.