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Emerald Bay State Park

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Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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The views from the vista points along the road are stunning. We really wanted to get down to the beach. The parking was almost impossible. After about 30 minutes we were lucky... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The views from the vista points along the road are stunning. We really wanted to get down to the beach. The parking was almost impossible. After about 30 minutes we were lucky enough to get a space. We almost had to give up.The mile walk down the trail was fine. The beach is peaceful and serene. Water is very, very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Wonderfully scenic South Tahoe. Parking can be a problem, but go a bit further out and get the trolley bus in. Bring a picnic and stay for the day kayakking, jumping off the pier, sunbathing or hiking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The beauty of Emerald Bay is breathtaking! It is absolutely stunning & serene. We are glad we did the hike down to Vikingholm! The hike down is easy & the views are gorgeous. You can also spend time down on the lake with various water activities & spend a relaxing afternoon. The hike up is not bad--just steep but with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We made certain to arrive at Emerald Bay State Park early in the day when we visited Lake Tahoe, and though we were there on weekdays, we were glad we'd arrived early. The hike to Vikingsholm was beautiful, though for the less in shape and older among us it was a challenging hike back up. The vistas around this bay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Stunning view of this bay. Recommend hiking down to Vikingholm. Path is wide and fairly easy as it switches down the side of the mountain. Worth the walk

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

It can often be seen from planes landing at Sacramento International, but best enjoyed from the viewpoint along the road that circumvents the entire lake, The color changes during the day but it is most magnificent when it is its usual deep, rich emerald green. Behind are the majestic snowcapped mountains even in summer. Make sure you catch a look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Best place to kayak in South Lake Tahoe. We took kayaks around the bay and it was stunningly beautiful. You will be surrounded by mountains and crystal clear waters. There is a small island to kayak to in the middle where a full view of the bay can be seen. Go early (small parking lot at Vikingsholm parking lot), bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Tahoe has many jewels all around it, and if you include skiing, hiking and camping even more precious 'stones' nearby. But Emerald Bay is a 'cut above'. If we look at Tahoe as a clock face, entry onto the circular drive from the Reno area is at 1, and Emerald Bay is at 7. The greens, the blues, the puffy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited Emerald Bay and was taken back with the views and how beautiful the bay was, there is a lovely viewing point, however car parking is limited, however once parked up the views of the bay are breath taking. We then went on a boat trip on Dixie 11 and travelled up the lake for sunset at Emerald Bay,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This part of the lake was so breathtaking. The short drive from South Tahoe was beautiful and scary at one point. The road from one side and the other shows the lake and you feel like you are on top of the world. It was spectacular, but scary since you are up so high. The color of the lake etc... More 

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