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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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Las Vegas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We will never tire of visiting Emerald Bay. There is something magical about this place and it never ceases to take our breath away! Spellbinding!

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laconia, nh
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We spent a week in a South Lake Tahoe condo and just seemed to continually gravitate to this gorgeous piece of earth on our planet. Unbelievable. The Vikingsholm, kayak, lake trails, all, it was fabulous. Everyone should spend at least a week here, a fabulous spot.

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Morton, Illinois
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We arrived here from the north, after about a 4 plus mile hike, with wonderful scenery around every turn. The bay is simply a crescendo ending to a great hike. There is a 'photo shot' every minute.

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round rock, tx
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Being as that we live at sea level, taking this walk/hike left me breathless on the way back up. I have a harder time at higher altitudes. The hike itself is on a gravel road, about a mile in length. The second half (on the way down) is a bit steeper than the first half. It is definitely worth going!... More

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NC
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

First of all, there is no bad view of Lake Tahoe. However if you can ride in by boat to this bay, you will not be disappointed. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and there is a cool little tea house that you can swim then climb rocks to visit. Overall just a crazy cool place to be.

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san francisco
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My wife and I went here this weekend. From the top of the parking lot to the Emerald Bay Beach was about 15-20 minutes, and about 25-30 min hike back up. The vertical distance is about 450 ft or so, but it's not bad at all. The beach was pretty much deserted, which was nice. We even saw the Tahoe... More

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time enjoying the spectacular views in Emerald Bay State Park. We enjoyed the walk down to the beach.

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Milan, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Anyone you talk to thats been to Lake Tahoe always mentions Emerald Bay. There is a reason why and you will see it once you go! We spent 1/2 a day here. Parking is limited and fills quickly. Get there before 10am for less crowds. 1 mile walk down. Brought lunch and kyacked for 3 hours. Go Check out the... More

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Bangalore, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

-The drive to this place is thrilling ( Curvy roads ). -Make sure your smartphone/SLR's have full charge before reaching this place.You will be tempted to take lot of snaps. -We visited this place on September 14th 2014 Sunday ( Right time ,Climate was good ) -There are couple of view points were you can stop your vehicle and enjoy... More

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Sacramento, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Great way to escape reality. Picturesque scenery and marvelous hike. Be sure to bring a camera and maybe some water... Or take a dip at the bottom!

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