Covert Park at Mt. Bonnell

Park, Trail, and Scenic Lookout
3800 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731, United States
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    It's said that if a couple climbs the 100 stairs to the top of Mount Bonnell once, they fall in love; twice, they'll become engaged; and after three times, it's inevitable they'll get married.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
  • Austin, Texas

    One of the oldest recorded tourist attractions in the Austin area and the highest point within Austin's city limits, Mount Bonnell offers fantastic sunset views of Lake Austin and the 360 Bridge.

    Austin, Texas · November 4, 2011
  • CultureMap Austin

    There is a legend that Mt. Bonnell was once called Antoinette's Leap, named after a damsel who leaped to her death to avoid capture from Indians that killed her lover after he defended her.

    CultureMap Austin · July 12, 2011
  • Melissa F.

    Must take out of town guests here for great view

    Melissa Fortenberry · April 8, 2010
  • Hector P.

    Great views of the city! Read more

    Hector Perez · March 30, 2010
  • PreservationNation

    Climb to the top of Mount Bonnell to see ATX and its surrounding environs at this popular look-out (and make-out) spot. Hands down the best place to get some perspective.-Jason, our Homesick Austinite

    PreservationNation · September 16, 2010
  • Jeff H.

    No trip to Austin is complete without a stop at Mt. Bonnell, the highest "peak" in the Austin area. Anytime is good, but sunset can be spectacular across the panoramic view.

    Jeff Hewgley · March 13, 2010
  • Heather H.

    Park at the far end with the gate and walk the path for an easier trip up and down

    Heather Hawk · May 5, 2011
  • Brett B.

    If you're in highschool, definitely bring a chick up here to make out.

    Brett Bendele · November 28, 2012
  • Armando H.

    I married my beautiful wife here!!

    Armando Hoyos · September 6, 2011
  • Nikon USA

    As you're walking around, don't forget to look down. There could be some beautiful scenes at your feet begging to be captured. Look for leaves or pretty stones that stand out and shoot away!

    Nikon USA · March 12, 2011
  • Rita L.

    You can easily climb the rafters for a better view of the sunset. Great for photography.

    Rita Louise · September 27, 2010
  • Bill H.

    Inspiration location...

    Bill Hibbler · November 7, 2013
  • Joe S.

    Came here 5 days after our 35th wedding anniversary. The romance helps the marriage stay happy.

    Joe Slaughter · August 9, 2013
  • Amanda A.

    Walked the 100-steps that the History Channel advised. let's see if it works!

    Amanda Au · January 29, 2013
  • Bethany F.

    It is very beautiful and will stay that way if you take your trash with you. Please don't litter!

    Bethany Fitzgerald · August 5, 2012
  • Social N.

    If you haven't been to Mt. Bonnell, you're missing out on one of Austin's most scenic and beautiful views. It's the perfect location for a romantic date.

    Social News Network · June 30, 2012
  • Tim S.

    Great side paths for better views once you get to the top

    Tim Shin · January 16, 2012
  • Let's Go

    Hike on up at Mount Bonnell for a beautiful view of the whole city! Read more

    Let's Go · May 17, 2011
  • Antonio S.

    Beautifoul Austin View. Better on sunshine.

    Antonio Suarez · November 20, 2014
  • Shazina P.

    Awsome view totally worth the 100 flight of stairs

    Shazina Panjwani · July 15, 2013
  • Kevin

    Don't wear heels!

    Kevin · April 20, 2013
  • Alexandra W.

    Amazing view, get ready to climb a lot of stairs

    Alexandra Wilke · February 3, 2013
  • National Car Rental

    Climbing the 102 steps you'll find one of the best look out points in Austin. The 360 view of Austin and the Texas Hill Country is always spectacular, but sunsets there are really incredible.

    National Car Rental · January 3, 2013
  • Social N.

    Whether or not you believe the love tales surrounding Mt. Bonnell, this is still the best place in ATX for a view of the surrounding cityscape and hill country. Bring a picnic, a sweetheart or both.

    Social News Network · June 7, 2012
  • Becca

    so romantical. :)

    Becca · July 19, 2010
  • Roz T.

    Lovely views over Austin.

    Roz Thomas · November 8, 2014
  • Hadrian S.

    The view is amazing especially late evening in the fall colors. Great photo ops:-)

    Hadrian Smith · October 2, 2014
  • Pearson - Always Learning

    A must for any visitor. Sweeping views of the Hill Country & Downtown Austin. A nice hike up the steps too! Bring food & drink for a picnic at the top.

    Pearson - Always Learning · February 28, 2014
  • Brent G.

    Bring water!

    Brent Gilmore · September 2, 2013
  • Social N.

    Whether you want to see water, downtown, or hills this is the perfect place to be! Bring your camera and some water and relax with a great view!

    Social News Network · June 29, 2012
  • Caleb M.

    ♫ You ain't seen a hill country sunset

    Caleb Marsh · April 17, 2012
  • P K.

    A spell bounding view of the lake and nature, scenic drive and scenic views. Romantic as well.

    P K · March 15, 2012
  • Louise M.

    Summer sunsets at Mt. Bonnell are hard to beat - don't forget your camera!

    Louise McNutt · November 26, 2011
  • Mikel B.

    Scare people on the stairs at night

    Mikel B. · October 13, 2011
  • Millicent N.

    Gentleman: this is a beautiful spot to take your dates!

    Millicent Nichols · August 14, 2010
  • Chris D.

    Haven't been back to Mt. Bonnell in a couple of years. It's about time.

    Chris Duel · March 22, 2010
  • The Tastes that Make the City

    The Covert Park has the best scenic view in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more

  • Dianey S.

    Great views!! This look out spot has great Trails for light hiking.... The 100 plus stair way up is a great start!! ✌️

    Dianey Sandoval · 1 week ago
  • Avery E.

    climb the steps and get an epic view of Lake Austin and Town Lake, ATX, hill country, and the 360 bridge

    Avery Epstein · 1 week ago
  • Stephanie W.

    Breathtaking views and sunsets.

    Stephanie Walls · January 11
  • Stephanie W.

    The sunsets are amazing. It's a great place to clear your head also.

    Stephanie Walls · January 11
  • Jasmine R.

    Beautiful view! Go m-when it's not so packed

    Jasmine RaShae · January 5
  • Anna W.

    See @ sunrise or sunset

    Anna Weiss · December 12, 2014
  • Sarah F.

    Gorgeous sunset views. An Austin must-see.

    Sarah Foley · July 28, 2014
  • Vonia

    A beautiful view of Lake Travis & Austin!

    Vonia · May 16, 2014
  • Michelle H.

    Most people drive to the stairs. The true test is if you park at the bottom of Mt Bonnell Rd and walk to the stairs!! What a workout!

    Michelle Hansen · March 4, 2014
  • Traci C.

    Be ready for a great hike

    Traci Coker · November 10, 2013
  • Roaming Gnome

    If you are a garden ornament, get a very nice lass to carry you up. (Promise her cuddles at the top, it's very romantic at sunset, and frankly the polite thing to do.)

    Roaming Gnome · October 5, 2013
  • Eric E.

    Lots and LOTS of stairs to get up here, but the views and the sunsets are incredible.

    Eric Estate · July 27, 2013

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