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All reviews lake austin short hike pretty view hill country awesome views great photos the loop easy hike sunny day both sides cliffs climb viewpoint icon lookout engineering spans
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

it's THE bridge you always see. park right before the actual bridge (yes it says no parking but the gravel is there for that and no one ever gets towed). there will be a little trail head that takes you up to a great view...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Callie02680
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Can't see a photo of Austin without the Pennybacker Bridge! Lovely area of course, but getting way too crowded. Well we wont discuss that traffic in Austin!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gretchen B
Reviewed November 27, 2018

If you go here park just before the bride and walk up the mountain. Seems like people have been littering and breaking in to cars here. So I would not leave for long or which out some sort of mace.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Memeow
Reviewed November 14, 2018

The 360 Bridge Overlook trail is supposedly a 1.7 mile, out and back, moderate hike with an elevation gain of 167 feet. We only went up to the main overlook by the Pennybacker Bridge, but our round trip was clocked at only 0.2 miles round...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KelEBee
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Because I wanted to "see" more of Austin and area than just driving down an interstate, I selected to drive the Capitol of Texas scenic trail, and it allows you to cross the Pennybacker Bridge. The bridge is a marvel to admire, and the scenery...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JCitytraveler701
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We visited the Pennybacker Bridge in September 2018. We had no idea that Austin was so mountainous (we are from Florida, so a rise in the road is a hill to us). So maybe mountainous is an overstatement, but we were very pleasantly surprised by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brian A
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Just the sight of this bridge makes me think about my home town of Austin, TX. It's iconic... a hill country landmark that makes you feel connected to the rolling landscape while you're (technically) in the city. It wasn't until a few years ago I...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank triestec2016
Reviewed September 9, 2018

we made the trip to see the Pennybacker Bridge where the boats dock their is a lady park person not very helpful unless you pay $3.00

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank paulgX5110FQ
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Great view of west side of Austin/surrounding Hill Country. Besides, particularly if your just visiting, might as well up to 183/Aboretum area,

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Paul M
Reviewed August 12, 2018

The Pennybacker or 360 bridge is architecturally more captivating than the Congress bridge and deserves a stop or at least a drive through whilst touring Austin by car (the 360 loop is a great drive within city limits). There is parking on the southern bank...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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November 21, 2017|
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Response from BradATX | Reviewed this property |
You can pay to park inside/under the bridge or park for free along the road entering/exiting the park.
Deanna W
March 27, 2016|
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Response from Talon38 | Reviewed this property |
Pennybacker Bridge is over Lake Austin which was created by dams at both ends (Lake Travis on one end and Lady Bird Lake--Town Lake for the longterm Austinites at the other). This past weekend it overlook the PGA tournament... More
Sheri T
December 22, 2015|
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Response from Nancy-Jane G | Reviewed this property |
Not if you want to live another day. Capitol of Texas Highway is VERY busy. People do bike across the bridge, but I am sure walking is not advised....