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“Take 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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Best Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour
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Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping
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Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Take the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The bay is beautiful! You will not want to miss this in the Tahoe area. Parking can be a bit iffy during mid day.

Visited July 2013
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“Breath-taking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The spectacular vistas are worth the hair-pin mountain turns. Get used to seeing roof- and tree tops on the side of the narrow road on your way up. Don't panic! The view from the top is worth the drive. Go slowly so you don't miss the tiny parking area. Read all the posted historic markers. Next time I hope to have the time to visit the mansion below and maybe the island.
(On a political note: the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe has well-paved roads and guard rails, curbs and sidewalks in some places. The California side is lacking much of that. The roads are narrow, often without guard rails to prevent cars going over the steep drop next to the narrow road. Sure can tell which state has funds for maintenance!)

Visited July 2013
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“Pristine but very crowded ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

One of the most wonderful viewpoints in Tahoe with a nice and easy path down from the parking to Emerald Bay ... the old mansion, island (the only one in Lake Tahoe) and castle are all very interesting as are the falls.

The ease of access though does allow a lot of crowds to access this trail and park ... and it is quite an adventure finding parking if you arrive at any time other than early morning. If it were not for these massive crowds I would have given this 5 stars.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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“Great stop on a drive around the lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Limited parking, no bathrooms, but an outstanding view! If you're lucky, you'll see the paddlewheeler down below. The trip around the lake is great on a motorcycle, BTW -- twisties from here S/E.

Visited June 2013
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Israel
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“Great views, no-hassle drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The views are great. The island makes for a perfect photo.
Parking is very scarce, but if you're patient most people leave in a few minutes.

A previous reviewer was petrified by the drive. Don't be. It is completely standard highway. Curvey for sure, but nothing to be even mildly alarmed about.

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