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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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This is the most beautiful spot in Lake Tahoe. It is a quite a hike to get down to and back up again when you leave. It is worth the effort. Pack lots of water and snacks.

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Greenbrier, Tennessee
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Greenbrier, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the most beautiful spot in Lake Tahoe. It is a quite a hike to get down to and back up again when you leave. It is worth the effort. Pack lots of water and snacks.

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Sandy, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To get down to the bay is about a mile hike down and pretty steep. I am not in the greatest of shape but I made it just fine and we saw a lot of older/ larger folk that made it too. We found a sweet spot away from the crowds and chilled all day. The water was chilly at... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I honestly don't have enough adjectives to describe how amazing this park is. We got there right before 10 AM, so we scored a parking spot. The hike down wasn't too bad. We kayaked to the island. The water was cold! But, it was worth it. I couldn't stop staring at the masterpiece. Even in person, the water looks fake.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The bay is stunning, but was very crowded (very!) on our Saturday visit in August. I'm sure we hit the area at it's most absolute peak time of the year. I recommend that you avoid weekends if possible.

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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful locations you will ever visit. The pure, crystal water is surrounded by beautiful forest land and mountain. Be prepared to pay State or Federal park fees to visit any of the parks and beaches surrounding emerald bay. We visited 3 and paid admission fees at all except Tallac. Take your binoculars to catch... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I read multiple reviews about how crowded it can get especially on weekends. I also liked the idea of trying to catch the sunrise. I arrived just after sunrise (7am) and there were 2 other cars there. You pay $10 to park or you can park on the road at your own risk. Beautiful view from the top. You hike... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is simply one of the most spectacular views anywhere in the world. It is breathtaking and majestic. You have to see it to believe it. If you are in South Lake Tahoe take a morning and go here; you won't regret it. The ride up to the park is terrifying. At one point you are driving on a road,... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly amazing experience that the entire family can enjoy.Everywhere you look is breathtaking and picture worthy.

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Emerald Bay is truly a jewel. The views from the roadway are incredible and the park itself offers a variety of things to do. The trail to the beach is steep but is absolutely worth it. When you arrive at the water, you can choose to swim, rent a kayak, paddle board or paddle boat. You can visit Vikingsholm, take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Emerald Bay is spectacular. One of the highlights of our Lake Tahoe vacation. Gorgeous water and shoreline. We were there in the late morning and there was a 2 hour wait for SUP and kayak rentals. It's a busy place, lots of boat traffic. Bring water and food. The hike up is steep, but not bad and SO worth it.... More 

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