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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Hwy 89, CA 96145
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"emerald bay"
in 240 reviews
"eagle falls"
in 47 reviews
"tea house"
in 27 reviews
"parking lot"
in 36 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 8 reviews
"cars parked"
in 8 reviews
"fannette island"
in 19 reviews
"vista point"
in 16 reviews
"rubicon trail"
in 20 reviews
"inspiration point"
in 17 reviews
"rent a kayak"
in 11 reviews
"mile hike"
in 17 reviews
"gorgeous views"
in 16 reviews
"worth the effort"
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"great hike"
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"parking spot"
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"view of the lake"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Emeralds Bay State Park is a must visit place whenever you go to Tahoe. Its super serene, beautiful and is a complete bliss. The hike to the lake is moderate but dogs are not allowed on trails. The viewpoint is accessible to dogs though and...More

Thank Arushi G
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Reviewed 2 days ago

must visit the lake when in Tahoe. very nice there. the have a beach area where you can hang out or just walk around it. Cave Cove is also a nice place to check out.

Thank LizzyLizzSM
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful place to take advantage of a variety of activities. Stopping at Inspiration Point along Rt. 89 is a must see -- with amazing views of Emerald Bay. We also went on 2 hikes at Bayview Trailhead: Cascade Falls and also Maggie's Peak (in...More

Thank BancyN
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is definitely more serene in the off season but definitely worth a visit even in the summer (be forewarned, it’s insanely busy most of the time) Gorgeous mountains, lookouts, hikes and waterfalls. A must see if you’re traveling up the west shore.

Thank RawrrItsssAlexx
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went early on a Tuesday morning (7:45am) to beat the crowds - I strongly recommend, we nearly had the place to ourselves and upon our return the car park was close to full. The drive up was nice, although roadworks made the return journey...More

Thank LydiaDaisy94
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Totally worth the drive, the views are amazing, words can't describe the views. You won't be disappointed!

Thank hahabye
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We parked (for free) at the campground and walked along the trail up to the lookout point (I think roughly 3 miles or so) It was a very peaceful trail and we saw barely anyone until we reached the lookout; the campground was closed so...More

Thank Rebecca M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to stop at Inspiration Point when driving on 89 (Emerald Bay Rd.). Try to avoid the weekend because parking can sometimes be a challenge.

1  Thank Pom G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A definite must see if going to Lake Tahoe. Go early, the crowds are huge in the afternoon. Parking can be a bit crazy.

Thank jmoyguff
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Emerald Bay offers breathtaking views when you drive around it and stop at multiple Vista Points. But the hike from Eagles fall to all the way down at small beach towards Emerald Bay State Park makes you appreciate the Bay all the more. There are...More

2  Thank Dhananjay P
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tiffanieroach
October 8, 2017|
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Response from RKWh2o | Reviewed this property |
It is about a mile each way, but the slope is manageable if you take your time. The road is crushed stone, so you might even be able to use a stroller if it has large wheels. There were some mini water fall cascades along... More
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VidhyaKarthik
August 2, 2017|
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Response from Lisa S | Reviewed this property |
The lake water is cold. The weather at Lake Tahoe has been in the 80's BUT if you are on the lake and it gets windy it can become quite cold. We took a boat ride and it was 85 degrees but the wind kicked up and became very... More
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July 25, 2017|
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