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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: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Awesome point to get the view of Lake Tahoe

Overall the drive to South Lake Tahoe is mesmerizing. The view of the lake is awesome from the entrance or the parking of Emerald Bay State park. I would surely want to visit this... read more

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

Overall the drive to South Lake Tahoe is mesmerizing. The view of the lake is awesome from the entrance or the parking of Emerald Bay State park. I would surely want to visit this place again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Sometimes it's quite a hike just to get to the trail to hike down into Emerald Bay. It's such a beautiful walk thought it's well worth it. The trail down is wide and fairly smooth (for a non paved trail) but it is steep and a mile long so take water.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I went to Inspiration Point and saw the breathtaking view, it was beautiful! I also went on a rented boat through there, and although it was very expensive, it was so wonderful going through the view I saw at the Point. Although it was great going through the bay by boat, I merely suggest to just go to Inspiration Point... More 

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Wildomar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We didn't have time to hike the trail down to the shore since it was near sundown when we stopped to take pictures, but the view from the top is awesome. The trail is said to be moderate in difficulty. The waterfall adds to this picturesque site.

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Oak Hill, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Due to time limitations, we were unable to see a lot of the things @ Lake Tahoe...however, the front desk staff at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge recommended we go to EMERALD BAY. So after dinner @ SCUSA, we did just that...it was a bit of a drive on the eastern side of the lake but the views were lovely. We... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We hiked here with my whole family. There are many hikes with breathe taking views. The hikes can vary in difficulty and are worth the trip! We had heard the waterfalls were weak due to CA drought, but they were still beautiful.

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was one of the most beautiful place I have ever been in all my travels. We went by car, parked half a mile before as parking was full, and walked till the vista point. The views were spectacular!!! The whole view is mesmerizing with giant lake (which look more like a calm ocean) and this bay area coming out... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This was perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever been in all my travels. We went one day by car, parked at the top of the mountain by Vikingsholm, and walked down. The views were spectacular!!! The next day we rented a boat and did it that way too which was just as great for a different perspective. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We spent a week in Lake Tahoe before heading back to Sacramento for my brother's golden wedding anniversary. We had relatives from Canadian sight seeing with us in Lake Tahoe and one of the places we visited was Emerald Bay We loved the lush greenery and the rustling waters. We loved the weather and didn't want to leave..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

With Emerald Bay as it's centerpiece, the park is easily the most attractive area of the entire Tahoe area. Beautiful views, great hiking trails and activities abound: hiking, swimming, camping, wildlife all with an unspoiled natural environment. Weather it's just a roadside stop on highway 89 or an extended camping trip this place is worth the effort to visit and... More 

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Address: Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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