Mount Bonnell is a beautiful view that every Austin Texas visitor or native should notice. In this blog post, we are going take you on a journey of Mount Bonnell, and at the end, we will give you 6 relevant links to learn more about one of the best views in Austin Texas.
To ensure you’re prepared for the journey ahead of you!
Enjoy the lush scenery that is Austin’s Mount Bonell, also know as Covert Park. Photos by my wife Isabelle and myself, Tyler Garrett.
Mount Bonnell is managed by the Austin Texas Government.
- Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is a 5.1-acre historic linear park with a prominent overlook that is one of the most visited sites in Austin.
- Mount Bonnell is a 775-foot-high outcrop along the eastern shore of Lake Austin.
- The peak of the overlook is a craggy limestone outcropping surrounded by a forested area of live oak, ash juniper, persimmon and mountain laurel that spans the slope between Mount Bonnell Road and the trails at the top of the park.
Here’s my new desktop on my laptop. It’s worth the trip and small hike up a set of stairs.
Getting to Mount Bonnell is a small hike.
We walked a few flights of stairs to get to the views above and if you’re looking to get to the view, be prepared for a little hike!
The stairs aren’t too bad! As you get to the very top of the hill, you’re a few stairs away, don’t get your hopes up, and keep on moving to the top.
Plenty of places to relax at Mount Bonnell in Austin Texas!
If you need to take a break, at the end of the trail you can sit on one of many rocks, rock benches, etc.
Learn about Mount Bonnell:
While part of the allure of Austin includes over 300 days of sunshine per year, those visitors and new residents with more urban experience might find themselves intimidated by the unbelievable variety of outdoor activities that the city has to offer. Whether you’re here for the day or plan on sticking around for a while, Mount Bonnell is a great place to get your outdoor adventures started and witness some of the incredible views the city has to offer. Check out some quick tips for the short hike! Mount Bonnell for Beginners… more…
Trip Advisor scores range between Excellent and Terrible.
Mount Bonnell history
Before the establishment of Anglo settlements in the 1830s, Mount Bonnell was traversed by Native American tribes who lived in the area and may have recognized the defensive utility of the sites great height and views. The earliest written account of Mount Bonnell is an 1838 journal entry by George W. Bonnell, a soldier, and journalist.
In 1840 Julia Lee Sinks described the area, “The knolls beyond the quarry branch were interspersed with timber, and sometimes though not often, we would see galloping past the open spaces beyond the blanked Indian. The path along the quarry branch, secluded as it was, became their main inlet to the town. It was a sheltered road, never traveled at night by whites, so the Indians claimed right of way, and all full moons brought moccasin tracks in abundance” more…
Finally 6 resources about Mount Bonnell.
Here’s a list of other places to learn more about Mount Bonnell.