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Emerald Bay State Park

Closes in 3 min: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped at the view point to take some pictures and the view is amazing! The entire road along Lake Tahoe here is beautiful, so even if you don’t take a hike a drive along the Lake is worth it!

Thank Katrin R
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited lake Tahoe in early October. It was pretty chilly here but the weather was awesome with healthy dose of sunshine. We could not hike a lot because we were traveling with our mom. However one could sit on the top for hours and...More

Thank Poonam S
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most popular sites for photos, so parking can be tricky. Be patient and it will be worth the wait. There are several trails on the opposite side of the road from the Lake, worth the exploration. The view is of the Bay,...More

Thank DavidT3984
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We actually went through the park on the way to another site but stopped at a couple of the scenic overlooks. Luckily we were able to get parking spots because they were definitely good vantage points.

Thank fbnh20
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove up toward this vista overlooking Lake Tahoe, about 9 miles from the center of South Lake Tahoe town. Worth the drive. Keep driving to the top where the large parking lot is.

Thank kmb149
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the place, it was crowded, took some long time for us to reach as it was summer holidays and thus traffic was heavy.. Parking also took long time, but it was all worth as the place was extremely beautiful and we had some real...More

Thank Ajit T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful State Park! Go early and on a week day to avoid the crowds! Parking is crazy and watch for pedestrians, but don't let this deter you! Take your camera and wear sensible shoes.

Thank Estelle W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed kayaking around the bay and to Fanette Island. We also enjoyed the tour of Vikingsholm. Be aware that access to the bay requires a 3/4 mile hike.

Thank dcrunner5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have great beauty in My home state of Michigan. I am admittedly biased towards many of our beautiful lakes, parks forests and sand dunes. But Lake Tahoe and in particular Emerald Bay ranks up there with the best of them. It is no wonder...More

Thank scubaDave52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go early to get parking. The hike is 1 mile down on a path. Keep in mind you will have to hike back up. The view is beautiful once you get down to the lake.

Thank yosemiteali
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