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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
530-541-3030
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
Description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The drive around Lake Tahoe to the view point was a little precarious in parts with a sheer drop on either side of a narrow road, but the view was spectacular - one if the most stunning places to visit and definitely worth the drive.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the Boat ride to Emerald Bay on the other side of the lake. It was a highlight of my stay in Tahoe. Two hours of beautiful blue water and Emerald Green in the Bay .

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New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This place is heaven on earth. We drove around Lake Tahoe and stopped here for the view and to hike the Vikingsholm trail down to the lake. The views were spectacular and the hike was pretty easy. Then continued around the lake. This was the highlight of the drive.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Hiked from DL Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay. One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on - views of the lake almost the whole 4.5-5 miles. We ended at Emerald Bay and it was a great place to stop for a swim. You do need to arrive at either DL Bliss State Park of Emerald Bay before... More

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Easy hike going down to Vikingsholm. The tour was very interesting. I wish we had brought a picnic lunch. The hike up is more difficult but worth the trip!

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Ft. Worth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous view! Two different look-out points, each with a little different view. Very crowded in the summer but the parking turns over quickly so you have to be patient. Go early during more crowded times of the year. Beautiful in summer and in winter. A must see in the Tahoe area!

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San Antonio, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Our morning at Emerald Bay State Park will surely be a favorite in a week of great options at Tahoe! Arrived by 9:45 a.m. Parked in the $10 parking (a deal since really they need the $) and did what seemed like a stroll down one mile to the bay. It is a rough road more than a trail. Rented... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

OMG! Probably the best time my kids had on our whole vacation. We hiked down the trail to the bay- my kids immediately jumped off the dock into the cold waters and kept going for a few hours, even my 5 yr old daughter! Being from the east coast we are not used to frigid waters, but this didn't see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a great hike & view!! We were fortunate to arrive early & get a parking space. You will need to purchase a parking permit for the lot. It is $7-9 & you will need exact change. The hike is an easy hike, but you might not want to wear sandals or flip flops as it will be uphill coming... More

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Devon, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I could not agree more with an assessment from a prior reviewer of route 89 to Emerald Bay. I too was petrified of the drive and once I journeyed across the road with no guard rails, no curbs on either side, and straight cliffs on either side, I turned around and drove back to South lake Tahoe. I was happy... More

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