For the best views of the city, Lake Austin, and some of the Hill Country stretching out westward, take a drive up to this hilltop park. At 785 feet, it’s the highest point in Austin—and also the oldest tourist attraction in town. It was used by Native Americans as an outlook, and it was a popular tourist attraction in the 1850s and 1860s, when General Sam Houston and George Armstrong Custer were among the visitors (though not together). It has long been a favorite spot for romantic trysts; rumor has it that any couple who climbed the 106 stone steps to the top together would fall in love (an emotion often confused with exhaustion). The peak was named in 1836 for George W. Mount, Sam Houston’s Commissioner of Indian Affairs, while the far-from-secret park at the summit gets its moniker from Frank M. Covert, Jr., who donated the land to the city in 1939.