Mount Bonnell is one of Austin's oldest tourist attractions because of its natural lookout over the city. Also know as Covert Park, Bonnell was declared a historic landmark of the City of Austin and is diligently cared for by them. It is the highest point within Austin city limits at 785 feet, but the roadways and hiking and biking trails make the climb doable by any means. And the view from the stone-topped lookout is unbeatable. You can take in all of Lake Austin (really the Colorado River) and the 360 Bridge as well as wonderful vistas of downtown. With these amazing lookouts, Mount Bonnell is a popular spot for couples seeking romance, athletes looking for a challenge, and hermits searching for serenity.
Legend has it that Mount Bonnell was once called Antoinette's Leap, after a young woman who leaped to her death to avoid being captured by Native Americans who had killed her fiancee.