photo by Kevin Curtin

Best Eastside Vista

Red Bluff

The western perspective of Mount Bonnell receives understandable hype as the finest vantage point of Downtown Austin, but on the other side of town, Red Bluff offers a comparably stunning panorama of the city center. A low-key vista, the cactus-lined hilltop clearing contains only a wood platform and a couple of pieces of donated patio furniture, but remains a magical environment for an eagle-eyed glimpse of the Eastside. The high-point of a 57-acre natural area bordered by Springdale and Highway 183, Red Bluff used to be littered with tires, scrap lumber, and plastic containers, but has been cleaned up in recent years by the yeoman's work of community groups, notably led by Springdale-Airport Neighborhood Association President Pete Rivera. The green space is easily accessible from Harold Court, but parking where Ledesma Road ends offers a more scenic, short uphill hike. You can also reach it via unofficial trails historically used by mountain bikers, connecting to the East Boggy Creek Greenbelt and the Southern Walnut Creek Trail.

Red Bluff Neighborhood Park
5808 Harold Ct.

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