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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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Opens at Sunrise...Tough to find parking

Hours on Trip Advisor are incorrect. Park opens at sunrise. Get there early for parking. Hard to explain how beautiful Emerald Bay is. Crystal clear water and a wide open beach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hours on Trip Advisor are incorrect. Park opens at sunrise. Get there early for parking. Hard to explain how beautiful Emerald Bay is. Crystal clear water and a wide open beach. To access, you must hike 1 mile down on a paved switchback. We hiked the Rubicon Trail, which was spectacular. Possibly one of the most scenic hikes I've been... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This park is one word, Amazing. You must check this place out. We hiked down the mountain and even though we were tired it was truly amazing. Best hike we have ever had.

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Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One section on highway 89 feels like you are walking a tight-rope with cliffs on either side. It makes my palms sweat everytime I drive this route. The vista point can be hard to find a parking place, but it is worth a wait.

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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went for a short trip to Emerald Bay to have a view of Lake Tahoe from the top. Amazing place to have the view. The mountain ranges behind you make it more imposing. The emerald color and vast expanse of the Lake from the top is so soothing that you yearn to sit there for hours. Make sure you go... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place- go early! 8/9 am - park up top for free on highway - take drinks and snacks if you want to hang out for a while. Walk down quite hard gradient so be prepared! If early beach beautiful - get there before the crowd _ imagine by 12 it is well commercial! Dangle your feet in the water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friends told us we needed to see Emerald Bay. It was the highlight of Lake Tahoe........but the walks from Barker Pass and Carson's Pass were the highlights of our 3 day stay. Best to see Emerald Bay at different times of the day, the light changes.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a gorgeous area. This bay is pristine. One of the most beautiful places you will ever see. We took the hike down to Vikingsholm - an old mansion on the beach. Paid $10 to park and got there early (9:00am). Good thing. It was JAM packed when we left an hour and a half later. It was an easy... More 

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

such a beautiful place. Emerald bay is a bit of a hike so I suggest you go early before it gets too hot and parking may be difficult but it is worth it. the colors are so awesome and worth the stop!

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San Antonio, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been many times and enjoyed it each time. Went with my grand-kids and they loved playing down by the water as well as kayaking over to the island in the bay. Toilets there but very primitive. Trailhaed also for the hike up to 'desolation wilderness'. For the more unfit (or leisurely), a short hike up to water falls,... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really wanted to kayak to the location but it is a pretty long trek from Baldwin beach really. (our time was limited) so after kayaking close to the entry point to Emerald Bay and going back we drove to the park. It is amazingly beautiful. so glad we did. This place is georgeous but if you want to Kayak from... More 

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