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“Worth the drive!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park
Hwy 89, CA 96145
530-541-3030
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Private Tour: Lake Tahoe Sightseeing or Sunset...
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Motor-boating, Camping, Hiking
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Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
Okinawa, Japan
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Worth the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Very beautiful scenic area. Only about a 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe. Make sure you bring a camera and maybe a tripod (to get yourselves in the pictures).

Visited March 2013
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Coffs Harbour
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Emerald Bay is one of Tahoe's most beautiful vista points. From Tahoe City or South Lake Tahoe it is an easy drive (weather dependent) and has access to a fair sized car park. Easy access to a viewing platform of the island in the centre. Further along is a short stroll down to lake level. Here you can access, further walking trails and a waterfall. During winter however all the facilities including toilets are closed.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Clara, California
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“Hike to Emerald Bay and Vista Point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Emerald bay vista point at South Lake Tahoe..is where you have to stop and take the your picture with the Lake and the island at the background. The lake is may be 2000 feet straight down. There are some big rocks (you can sit/climb). There is a very nice beach down below (Emerald Bay), you can hike down. It’s short but steep. Walking back up is tough. But it’s worth it. You can also see the famous cabin house Vikingsholm at the bottom near the beach. There is also a small waterfalls, Eagle Falls, just within half mile walk. In my opinion it is the best short hike for average people (you dont have to be too fit or strong) and with family.

Visited September 2012
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Newark
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“Beware of Lake Tahoe's Dinner Cruise”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

September 17, 2012 we took the M.S. Dixie II dinner cruise and what a disappointment!
The cruise didn't leave until 5:25 pm. That was way to late and the sun was behind the mountains by the time we got to Emerald Bay. When I complained, they gave me a free drink. lol
Just be aware of the sunset time and cruise time. I would hope that earlier in the day it is much prettier.

Visited September 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is a wonderful spot , worth a stop to see the island from the top and the small castle. Pay attention on the water and bay entrance. Great. very Scenic, spent several photos here! Wroth the visit.

Visited January 2013
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