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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
530-541-3030
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Motor-boating
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you ever come to the Reno Tahoe area, make sure you go to Emerald bay state park. Especially if you are driving through lake Tahoe. I go there about twice a year & enjoy every single second of the views. I won't say it is the best, but it is definitely in my top 5!!!! So don't forget, just... More

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indianapolis, IN
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183 reviews 183 reviews
28 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I hiked up Bayview trail to Granite Lake and then decided to continue on toward Maggie's Peak South. I did not expect to go all the way up, but the views were so spectacular we kept going and made it all the way to the summit! Such a gorgeous view of Emerald Bay. It is hard to... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Emerald Bay is beyond beautiful in the summer! Rent a Kayak and experience the crystal clear water, you can see 60+ feet deep! Something surreal about being on a lake in the middle of mountains. Take a camera, some hiking shoes, and enjoy!

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Simply beautiful! A must see for any Tahoe traveler! Take the time to walk down to Vikingsholm at the bottom of the bay. It is awesome. Make sure you visit Eagle Falls, which can be seen from Emerald Bay and is up the road about a quarter of a mile. We had a picnic lunch there and it was so... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The incline is very high for the top of the park, but well worth the wait. Either you hike or drive up. The view is amazing and you really get a good view of the colour of the water. Just be careful when driving.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Having lived in CA and NV for almost 50 years, I can't believe that I had never been to Lake Tahoe. Such a jewel, with so many places to explore.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Seriously if you are travelling to Lake Tahoe, do not miss the opportunity to go see the gorgeous scenery at Emerald Bay. Beautiful views up the top near the road, and then there is a 1 mile hike down to the bottom, its quite steep and if you are not fit the walk back up can be quiet taxing, but... More

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San Francisco, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
55 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have never, ever witnessed water so blue. Like sapphire blue. Lake Tahoe (specifically Emerald Bay State Park) is something out of a movie scene. Every angle and view is a photo-op. We (my girlfriend and I) decided to take a weekend trip from the Bay Area to South Lake Tahoe as we have never been. The drive was very... More

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Buckie, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you like the outdoors and good scenery thins is a lovely place to go. Stunning views from the car park and if you walk down to the shoreline its just as nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Breathtaking views of Mother Nature at her very best. The drive gets a bit steep at times but the journey is worth it. So see the shimmering water below against the stunning backdrop is quite something.

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