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“Emerald Bay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park
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Owner description: This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
San Antonio, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Emerald Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Since there are no signs directing one to this popular attraction, it took awhile to get there, but it is worth the trip. Once you park, you can take a picture (the classic picture of Emerald Bay) then you take a long walk to the beach. The parking lot is small though, but I noticed no one was staying that long at the park. Many would simply walk to the beach, explore a little then head back.

Visited July 2012
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“Best of Tahoe Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Emerald Bay is a lake with in a lake. It is so very popular, the parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. After that, getting a spot is just luck. But, once there, the views are spectacular.

Want more? Come prepared to hike a mile down to the lake and a mile back. Bring a back pack, bring a pull cart with wheels. Once down on the beach, there is water, water, water.

As a kayaking fan, my wife and I rented a kayak and kayaked in from Tallac Beach. Wow, on the map it didn't look that far and the lake was choppy so it was a hard paddle. that being said, we would do it again because of the access it gives one to all of emerald bay, including the island in the middle of Emerald Bay.

Visited February 2013
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Spring Valley, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We drove around Lake Tahoe on our recent stay in Incline Village, NV. The views of Emerald Bay were breathtaking! There were several places to stop and look around. We took lots of pictures. There is a lodge at the base of the bay that you can only get to by walking a mile down the hill. We didn't take the hike but our traveling companions did and they said it was worth the strenuous walk both down and up the hill.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Excellent views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

The views at Emerald Bay are exactly what you'd dream of at Lake Tahoe. They're breathtaking. The hiking is ideal for people who are somewhat active - the trails are easily marked and the maps are easy to follow. However, do not take on the hiking if you are not prepared to walk a few miles with incline. If you're ready to get out and move a little, the views will be some of the best you encounter. Don't forget your camera!

Visited April 2013
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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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“It really is Emerald!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Easy to find when driving around the lake and after a mile hike down you are on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Worth taking the paths around the bay out to the main Lake and if you take the right path make time to look at Lower Eagle Falls

Visited April 2013
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