To Do: Mount Bonnell

View from Mount Bonnell
102 steps up to the top

Hiking mount Bonnell is a quick but fun experience. This “hike” is steep but less than half a mile long. After you get to the 102 step, you’re there! Don’t expect it to take more than 10 minutes to get to the top.

The hiking trail up to Mount Bonnell (left of the steps if you’re feeling adventerous)

The views here are phenomenal of Lake Austin. One of my favorite suggestions for this spot is to pack a picnic and eat at the picnic table at the top of the hill. You can watch the sun set or rise, or just go for a short mid-day adventure. Regardless of what you do, be cautious of wildlife and if it has just rained, use caution when climbing on dirt/mud. 

Views from the right side of the trail
Pavilion area to sit and enjoy the view
The walk to the various lookout points

Mount Bonnell is the highest peak in Austin, Texas reaching 775 feet. It is named after George Bonnell who served the Texas Republic as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Midday Mount Bonnell Views from the left side of the trail

Directions: Take 35th Street West over MoPac and you will pass Camp Mabry. Turn left on Old Bull Creak Road and a right on Mount Bonnell road. You will go up this hill and parking will be on the left.

Best Breweries in Austin, Texas

With over 60 breweries in the area, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. From great views to kid/dog friendly spots, you’re bound to find your new favorite Brewery. The Breweries labeled with a * are some of my favorites. (The list is in no particular order but sectioned by area)


Photo: Pinthouse Pizza Lunch “Deal”

*Pinthouse Pizza* 4729 Burnet Road
If you’re looking for a brewery with awards to show, you’ll love Pinthouse. They’ve won with their Fully Adrift IPA, Nomurda DIPA, Green Battles IPA, and Electric Jellyfish (my personal favorite.) What makes this one of my favorites is the FOOD! Their pizza is great and they have unbeatable lunch specials ($10.50 for a 10″ Pizza, side salad, & drink! Beer is an up-charge but discounted!)

Oskar Blues 10420 Metric Boulevard

Willards Brewery 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive

Hopsquad Brewing 2307 Kramer Lane

Draught House 4112 Medical Parkway

Circle Brewing Co.(Photo from Ian W.)

*Circle Brewing* 2340 W Breaker Lane
If you’re looking for a brewery with unique beers, this just might be your new favorite spot. They typically stray away from the ‘typical’ Austin Brewery beers. They do have a variety of food trucks that rotate in and out so you would have to luck out on a day to get what you’re craving. It’s dog and kid friendly and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. I’d recommend trying the Blur if you’re into a lighter beer, or the Tuxedo T-shirt if you’re into something darker. They host some really great events that often give back to local charities and are great times to enjoy a beer + support nonprofits locally.

Photo from Circle Brewing Co. (Sean M.)

*Celis Brewing* 10001 Metric Blvd.
This Brewery is one of the oldest in Austin so you can rest easy knowing that it’s been here for a while… for a reason! It is dog (inside & out) & kid friendly AND they offer live music on the weekends from 6-9PM. They’re known for their Celis White. If you’re looking for a lighter beer, try the Lo Lo Lager and if you’re not a beer lover… try the Raspberry Sour.

Brewtorium 6015 Dillard Circle

Black Star Co-Op 7020 Easy Wind Drive

Austin Beerworks (Photo from Ben P)

*Austin Beerworks* 3001 Industrial Terrace
Austin Beerworks has both indoor and outdoor seating in their *newly* expanded taproom. One of their well-known staples is offering free chips and salsa with every order. It’s dog (patio only) & family friendly and offers food from local food trucks. If you’re feeling edgy enough to try their seasonal beers, try the Sputnik (coffee oatmeal stout), The Heisenberg or the Black Thunder. If you’re looking for a year-round staple… try the Sun Shovel or the Fire Eagle.

Adelberts Brewery (Photo: Corey R.)

*Adelbert’s Brewery* 2314 Rutland Drive
Are you into Belgian-Style beer that’s not too sweet? Look no further. This is a great place to play some games and drink a few beers. They offer darts, Mario Kart (you can challenge your bartender to a game), boardgames and old-school arcade games to play. Although there’s not a kitchen inside, you can venture outside to a food truck. They also have a lot of unique art for sale covering their walls. Go to Adelbert’s for the experience and you won’t be sorry!

4th Tap Brewing Cooperative 10615 Metric Blvd.


Willard’s Brewery 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive (Pflugerville)

Whitestone Brewery 601 E Whitestone Blvd. (Cedar Park)

San Gabriel River Brewery 500 Chaparral Drive (Liberty Hill)

Rentsch Brewery 2500 NE Inner Loop (Georgetown)

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing CO. 13010 W. Parmer Lane (Cedar Park)

Pinthouse Pizza 2800 Hoppe Trail (Round Rock)

Humble Pint Brewing Co. 11880 Hero Way Suite 208 (Leander)

Hedgehog Brewing 3200 Woodall Drive C-1 (Cedar Park)

Flix Brewhouse 2200 S Interstate 35 B1 (Round Rock)

Compadre Brewing 16920 Joe Barbee Drive BLG 1 (Round Rock)

Bull Creek Brewing 7100 FM 3405 (Liberty Hill)

Bluebonnet Beer Company 1700 Bryant Drive #107 (Round Rock)

Barking Armadillo 507 River Bend (Georgetown)


Thirsty Planet Brewing 8201 S Congress Ave.

St. Elmo Brewing Co (Photo: Justin N.)

*St. Elmo Brewing* 440 E. St. Elmo Road
This is a great local spot that has fun beers and great food trucks around back (love me some SourSop). I’d recommend the Carl for an easy-drinking beer the Joe for a nice coffee-stout. Be prepared to sit outside and play some corn hole since their indoor seating is limited. You might just luck into some live music!

Pinthouse Pizza 4236 South Lamar Blvd.

Orf Brewing 4700-F Burleson Road

Nomadic Beerworks 3804 Woodbury Drive Suite A

Meanwhile Brewing 3901 Promontory Point Drive

Last Stand Brewing Soco Building 6 South Congress Ave.

Independence Brewing- Stacey M

*Independence Brewing* 3913 Todd Lane #607
This is one authentic microbrewery.

Austin Beer Garden Flight

*Austin Beer Garden & Brewery* 1305 W. Oltorf Street
A place for great food and great beer! I am a personal fan of the calamari and stuffed portobello. As for beers i’d suggest the liquid gold. If you’re a fan of concerts & beer, keep a look-out on their events page. You won’t regret it.

512 Brewing 407 Radam Lane


Holdout Brewing 1208 W 4th Street

Central District Brewing 417 Red River Street


Zilker Brewing

*Zilker Brewing* 1701 E 6th Street
I don’t have any bad things to say about Zilker Brewing Co. They have some great beers along with a Spicy Bois food truck out back with outstanding chicken. It’s in a great location and is so fun to sit and people watch. If you’re a light beer fan, try the Icy Boy but if you like a darker beer I’d recommend the Midnight Voyage. Want something new? Try the Parks and Rec. Not a beer drinker? Get the frosé!

Southern Heights (Photo: Jeff S)

*Southern Heights Brewing* 6014 Techni Center Drive
If you’re not quite there with the IPA’s, this is the place to fall in love with them. Trust me, it’s worth the trip! There’s so many to choose from and the staff is great when it comes to helping you find what you like. Great boardgames, pool & cornhole (inside!), hazy IPA’s and it’s dog & kid friendly. There’s easy parking, multiple tv’s, and free wifi. What more could you ask for? Give this place a try! My personal favorite is the Hazy Cloud IPA.

Oddwood Ales 3108 Manor Road

Live Oak Brewing (Photo: Dawn H)

*Live Oak Brewing* 1615 Cozier Lane
This brewery is home to beautiful Live Oak trees and is great for a day spent outside under the shade. It’s dog & kid friendly and has an area to play disc golf. They don’t have a kitchen but often have food trucks parked outside. You can enjoy seeing the planes take off and land overhead as it is very close to the Austin Bergstrom Airport. I’d suggest trying the Live Oak Hefeweizen or the Sour (choose your own syrup to flavor!)

Lazarus Beer Flight: (Photo: Laura H)

*Lazarus Brewing* 1902 E 6th Street
A brewery that’s great to work from? You’ve found it. They make and sell their own coffee, beer and FOOD (+ queso, street tacos, enchiladas, you name it!) It’s also kid & dog friendly… so I’m hearing no excuses to not visit this one! If you’re an IPA fan, try the 40-40. The parking can be difficult but once you make it inside, there’s plenty of space!

Hi Sign Brewing (Photo: Tracy T)

*Hi Sign Brewing* 1201 Bastrop Highway
This brewery is a new addition to Austin and offers some unique flavors unlike any other. Try the Hi-C IPA if you’re looking for something fruity or the Violet if you’re a blonde beer drinker. Finally, try Shamus the Fiddle if you’re looking for a true Irish Red. You can’t go wrong at Hi Sign!

Friends & Allies Brewery (Chris U)

*Friends & Allies Brewing* 979 Springdale Road
If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll be a fan of Friends & Allies. They have wifi, indoor & outdoor seating as well as games (& they’re dog friendly!). I would personally recommend the Blood orange or the Noisy Cricket.

Central Machine Works Brewery & Beer Hall 4824 E. Cesar Chavez

Blue Owl Brewing (Photo: Don T)

*Blue Owl Brewing* 2400 E Cesar Chavez Street
This quaint little find is great for those who love an experience. First, you choose your glass and that price comes with 4 pours of that glass- letting you try multiple beers… or if you love it you’ll just get that much more! After 4 pours, you get to keep the glass. If you’re a sour beer drinker, you’ll love Blue Owl Brewing (and need to try Little Boss.) To make it better- it’s dog friendly. They offer games, brewery tours and have a great patio. It is a smaller brewery in comparison to some Austin finds so be sure to get there early to ensure you have a seat.

Batch BrewHouse 3220 Manor Road


Vista Brewing (Photo: Sandi N.)

*Vista Brewing* 13551 Ranch to Market Road 150 (Driftwood)
I always suggest Vista as a great place to get away from Austin for a day. Enjoy some beer flights and the beautiful outdoors. They tend to have a lot of live music on the weekends and it can tend to draw a crowd. For some extra fun, bring your own food (yes, they are serving food) and a table cloth to have your own picnic!

Twisted X Brewing 23455 Ranch to Market Road 150 (Dripping Springs)

Suds Monkey Brewing 31610 Ranch Road 12 (Dripping Springs)

One Shot Distillery & Brewery 31610 Ranch Road 12 (Dripping Springs)

Oasis Brewing Co (Photo: Everly M)

*Oasis Texas Brewing* 6550 Comanche Trail (Austin)
A beer and a view? What more can you ask for? This brewery is family friendly and offers a variety of foods on their menu. I’d recommend the Double IPA and the Samurai Lager (as my personal favorites.) As for food, the wagyu burger is my go-to.

Last Stand Brewing 12345 Pauls Valley Road (Austin)

Jester King Brewery- outside the tap room

*Jester King Brewery
* 13187 Fitzhugh Road (Austin)
This place is an experience and I’ll recommend them every day. If you plan on going, go hungry and make a reservation for a table in the Goat barn. Get the Benno pizza, sit under the shade trees and enjoy one of their many tasty beers.

Infamous Brewing Company 4602 Weletka Drive (Austin)

Fitzhugh Brewing 15435 Fitzhugh Road (Dripping Springs)

Family Business Beer 19510 Hamilton Pool Road (Dripping Springs)

Bell Springs Brewery and Winery 3700 Bell Springs Road (Dripping Springs)

Beerburg Brewing 13476 Fitzhugh Road (Austin)

Acopon Brewing 211 W. Mercer Street (Dripping Springs)

12 Fox Beer Company 4700 W. Fitzhugh Road (Dripping Springs)

Where to Hike in ATX

There’s plenty of hiking, biking and walking trails in Austin.


Twin Falls
  • Twin Falls & Sculpture Falls (Barton Creek Greenbelt) 3918 S. MOPAC Expy.
    – Length: 3.3 mi.
    – This hike is one of my favorites! It is rocky but the views and diverse terrain make it stand out from most other typical Austin Trails. Friendly for all skill levels and open year-round!
    – Directions: Parking is along the highway (be sure to lock your cars / take your valuables with you.) From here, you will hike through Barton Creek and climb over some rocky terrain. You will first pass Twin Falls first and have 1.25 mi. left to get to Sculpture Falls. (If you go after a good rain you’ll see some beautiful falls! Time of year does matter whether they are flowing or not.) Dogs are also welcome on this hike.

Lady Bird Lake Trail
  • Lady Bird Lake Trail
    – Length: 10 mi.
    –This looped trail is perfect for anyone wanting to bike, run, or hike. With a small grade of 5% this is great for beginners and offers scenic views of LadyBird Lake. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. This hike is also kid and stroller friendly.

St. Edwards Green & Red Loop
  • St. Edwards Green and Red Loop
    – Length: 2.7 mi.
    – St. Edwards Green features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
    – Directions: From Capitol Of Texas Highway take Spicewood Springs Rd to the west 2.5 miles to parking area. From highway 183 take the McNeil Dr./Spicewood Springs Rd exit, turn on Spicewood Springs Rd and the parking area is 3.5 miles.

Walnut Creek Trail
  • Walnut Creek Trail
    – Length: 1.3 mi.
    – This is a great route for dogs, bikes, and walking. If you go in the warmer months, you’ll see people sunbathing or dogs running into the river to play. If you continue scrolling down this page to the moderate hikes, you will see this trail extends into many interconnecting trails. ***If it is raining, please do not go on this hike. Hiking in wet conditions will damage the clay paths**

Great Hills Park Trail
  • Great Hills Park Trail
    – Length: 2.3 mi.
    – This trail is a loop with a river view (as pictured above.) It’s great for hikers of all skill levels and is used for hiking, walking and running. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
    – Directions: Search Great Hills Neighborhood Park Trail, Austin, TX 78759

Mary Moore Searight Park Trail
  • Mary Moore Searight Park Trail
    – Length: 2.1 mi.
    – This trail is very scenic and lush when we get enoguh rain (although this trail is open all year.) It features a river and is perfect for a mid-hike picnic. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
    – Directions: It is the Outer loop in Mary Moore Searight Metro Park. This trail is connected to many other inner trails and made into a longer/shorter trip.

Hamilton Greenbelt Trail
  • Hamilton Greenbelt
    – Length: 5.1 mi.
    – For a less-trafficked trail with beautiful views, Hamilton Greenbelt is my go-to. This trail is used for a variety of purposes: walking, running, hiking or even bird watching. I’d suggest going in the warmer months from April – September. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash!

Bull Creek Hike
  • Bull Creek Hike
    – Length: 3.8 mi.
    – This is a popular hike so you most likely won’t be the only one checking out this waterfall! This is a multi-use trail for hiking, running and mountain biking (I would only suggest when it is very dry!). This hike can get very muddy after a rain and with many interlocking trails and overgrown brush, it can be difficult to navigate… so proceed with caution. The views are worth it! Dogs are welcome and don’t have to be on a leash.

Slaughter Creek Trail
  • Slaughter Creek Trail Loop
    – Length: 4.9 mi.
    – This is another high trafficked trail that fills with wildflowers in the spring. This terrain is moderately sloped so it can be used for hiking, running, horseback riding or even mountain biking. Although it is accessible year round, I’d suggest going in the spring to see the flowers!
    – Directions:

Violet Crown Trail
  • Violet Crown Trail
    – Length: 3.7 mi.
    – This trail is called Violet Crown Trail but is actually Zilker Trailhead to 360 Trailhead. It does have a river that is beautiful when we get enough rain. It’s used for both walking and running and dogs are welcome (no leash required!)


River Place Natural Trail
  • Riverplace Natural Trail
    – Length: 5.5 mi.
    – This trail is a little further out of Austin towards West Lake Hills. It does have some steeper terrain and that is why it is listed as a moderate hike (see picture.) This is one of my FAVORITE moderate hikes and features a beautiful waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash!
    – There is a daily fee per hiker here. Credit Card Payments only. Children 12 and under with an adult are free. See the park page here for more information:

Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
    – Length: 13.8 mi.
    – This is another one of my favorite hikes but has a rocky terrain and will occasionally require you to climb over rocks. It features a small waterfall but the views are incredible. Dogs are welcome and do not have to be on a leash.

Turkey Creek Trail
  • Turkey Creek Trail
    – Length: 2.8 mi.
    – This trail features a flowing river and is used for walking, running, hiking, fishing and mountain biking. It is accessible year round and dogs are welcome with or without a leash. This trail is pretty rocky and has quite a bit of exposed roots. The trail has signage where it is hard to get lost. This being a common trail, you usually won’t be the only one hiking. Once you get to the back there will be several trails branching off for a longer hike.

Hill of Life Trail
  • Hill of Life (Barton Creek Greenbelt)
    – Length: 3.1 mi.
    – The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Go during spring seasons to see the wildflowers!

Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
  • Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
    – Length: 6.5 mi.
    – This hike is open year round and features this beautiful waterfall. Dogs are welcome but asked to stay on a leash.
    – Please note that reservations are required for day passes either online or over the phone.

Laurel, Yaupon, Possum and Arroyo Vista Loop

Mount Lakeway Trail
  • Mount Lakeway Trail
    – Length: 4.3 mi.
    – This popular route is a great place to feel like you’re in the wilderness and luck into seeing some wildlife. Dogs are welcome and off leash is allowed. This is part of the Greenbelt so you’ll notice changes in terrain from wooded to rocky, hilltops, and other conjoining trails that you can take to explore more.

Bull Creek Trail
  • Bull Creek Trail
    – Length: 4.4 mi.
    – This trail is worth the hassle! It is accessible year round but you will have to check to see if you need a permit before you go. Bull Creek Preserve Entry Permits are issued in January & February and are good for three seasons. A permit is only required March-July. The trail is open to all users August through February.

Homestead Trail
  • Homestead Trail
    – Length: 3.1 mi.
    – This waterfall trail is often closed seasonally (due to weather conditions) but when it is open, it is worth the hike! It is located behind the McKinney Falls State Park (hence, the beautiful scenery) and is $6/per person or free to enter with a Texas State Park Pass. It is a well-maintained trail but does cross Lower Falls so you might want to pack some water shoes to cross the shallow area of the falls (or you can rock hop, your choice!) Check the seasonal closures out here before ya go:

Spicewood Valley Trail
  • Spicewood Valley Trail
    – Length: 2.1 mi.
    – Spicewood Valley Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail with water views. It is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

Mount Bonnell Trail
  • Mount Bonnell Trail
    – Length: 0.5 mi.
    – Mount Bonnell Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features breathtaking views of Lake Austin. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash. This hike is extremely short but is steep. There’s plenty of stairs when you get towards the top.

Canyon Creek Trail
  • Canyon Creek Trail
    – Length: 5 mi.
    – If you’re going to see animals on any hike in Austin, i’d say this is the one. It’s open year round and dogs are welcome but must stay on a leash. Be considerate as you hike this trail as parts of it are on private property.

3 Falls Hike
  • 3 Falls Hike
    – Length: 7.3 mi.
    – The three falls hike waterfall is one of my favorites to sit and listen to. It is open year round although the water flows the most in the spring/heavy rainy seasons. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

360 Bridge Hike
  • Lake Austin 360 Bridge Hike
    – Length: 1.8 mi.
    – This just might be the busiest hike in all of Austin. It is open year round and is usually crowded around sunset. I’d personally recommend doing this hike to see the sun rise instead of sunset if you want to avoid the crowds. You can hike, walk, bird watch, have a picnic or bring your pup along this trail.

Lower Falls Trail
  • Lower Falls and Homestead Loop Trail
    – Length: 3 mi.
    – This trail should be used from March-October. It is a popular hike so you’re bound to see another hiker on your trek. It’s primarily used for hiking and bird watching and all furry friends are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Long Walnut Creek Trail
  • Walnut Creek Trail
    – Length: 19.5 mi. (but there are plenty of shorter trails in the mix)
    – This trail is accessible year round and is dog friendly as long as they remain on a leash. This is a wonderful paved trail that eventually passes a lake. It is a gentle grade so it is stroller friendly up until the 5 1/2 mile marker where the grade gets steeper. This trail is great if you enjoy wider paths that stay groomed.

Hard Hikes:

Emma Long Loop
  1. Emma Long Motorcross Loop
    – Length: 4.4 mi.
    – This hike is only recommended for very experienced bikers (not a hiking trail nor are dogs allowed!) The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and ATV driving and is accessible year-round. The terrain is dry and rocky, perfect for those adventurers looking to bike in town.