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Emerald Bay State Park

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Address: Hwy 89, CA 96145
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.

This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.

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Stunning, breathtaking, nothing describes it.

We have been to Emerald bay twice. Once by car and once by boat. The place is absolutely a beautiful place to be. There are places to hike, including a trip down to see the Viking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been to Emerald bay twice. Once by car and once by boat. The place is absolutely a beautiful place to be. There are places to hike, including a trip down to see the Viking house on the bay. There's an island in the middle of it and it's beautiful from above as it is from below. There's a... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place was recommended to us, so we went to check it out. It was a great park with many great trails and more beautiful views of the lake. Additionally the Vikingsholm castle is located here. If you have some time, I'd recommend spending some time on the hiking trails here. We went in late September so it wasn't too... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to drive around the lake and noticed many campgrounds and campers all over the place. Our first stop was Emerald Bay and most noticeable was how blue the water was. The park was packed with cars but we were lucky enough to find a spot. You can spend an entire day here just taking pictures, enjoying the view,... More 

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A couple miles north is entrance to Bliss SP. If you are willing to hike a few miles you will be rewarded with outstanding views of Emerald Bay and island. Parking fee is still $10 but much easier, most of time, to find parking. Checkout beautiful beach area, and head out Rubicon trail toward Emerald Bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have never been to Emerald Bay? You need to carve out a few minutes in your busy life to visit this place of Nirvana. Just 20 minutes away from South Lake Tahoe, Hard to find but worth the search- this is one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen. The views of the bay from above... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very crowded park though so get there early. We were there in Sept 2016 labor day and by 9:30 the parking lot was full, parking was $10 I believe. Pack a lunch as the visitor center at the end of the 1 mile hike only sells granola bars and $2- $4 ice creams. There were lots of yellowjackets (wasps/bugs) there... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't want to be a spoiler, but it's a MUST if you are in Lake Tahoe. The views, the walks, the meadows...

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We check out Emerald Bay every time we visit Tahoe.. Many spots to get some amazing pictures and see the sites. You can go on hikes. Sometimes there is water flowing. The one negative is finding a parking spot.. I suggest going on a weekday or early on the weekend.

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Lake Tahoe during Labor Day weekend (Sunday) and unfortunately reached by around 11:00 AM and parking was a nightmare which took 1 star out of my rating. So, if you plan to visit this place, make sure to reach early as that is the only possible way to get the parking. Regarding the view, it's awesome. I have... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in the Lake Tahoe area and have a few hours to spare, go to Emerald Bay. It's incredible. If you have more time, drive all the way around the lake. The Nevada side is also interesting and there are many beautiful vistas, especially in the Sand Harbor Park area. Do not pay the $12 out-of-state fee at Sand... More 

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