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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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Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed yesterday

1. When we stayed for a week in South Lake Tahoe, we knew we would be spending most our time visiting Emerald Bay State Park. Time to visit is in the summer as Highway 89 is closed due to snow in the winter. 2. Our...More

Thank robert c
Reviewed 5 days ago

You have to visit here and just plan an afternoon here, stunning views, the one place you must stop if you are in Tahoe. Plan a picnic and day to just chill and walk around, requires a bit of hiking but so worth it.

Thank Anna D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in the evening and had no sun. Beautiful views of the Lake. Lake with snowcapped mountains. Eagle falls trail is nearby and we didnt have time to do that. Top place of South Lake Tahoe. Inspiration point also nearby , it gives info...More

Thank laxmikant c
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking view of the lake when you reach the highest point ,it was really awesome.going around the lake will give you of the different view of the lake and experience the thrill of driving up and down the narrow road.

Thank Judith C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from the trailhead are spectacular, and it only gets better the closer one gets to the lake. The hike down from the parking lot is only about a mile long, and while hiking back up is a bit harder, it's well worth it....More

3  Thank AnnaRabea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smallest parking lot on Lake Tahoe! Too few spaces for the hords of people who want to visit. Get there before 0800 for a peaceful hike. $10 on the honor system if you come before Memorial Day. Because no one visits state parks in California...More

Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for a small hike and some photo's. The campground and beachside areas are quite nice. Lovely Park and very much worth your time to visit.

Thank Stacy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This state park is unreal and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Definitely a workout when you're hiking up hill, but so amazing. Be sure to bring $10 cash for parking or be prepared to find a parking spot along the highway....More

1  Thank racheljorgensen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited lake Emerald bay with my friend on 20th May. This place is must visit for nature lovers. Color of lake from high point seems blue & its a panoramic place. If one like he/she can go till shore of lake which is around...More

1  Thank Neeraj B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

With the recent snow, we were able to enjoy views of snow covered mountains in late May. This is truly breathtakingly beautiful. The views of emerald bay, Fannette Island and the surrounding mountains were remarkable. We walked to Vikingsholm as well. It was worth the...More

2  Thank GTMann
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Armando R
So I've never been here before, thinking about a summer vacation here in July. I'm thinking of renting a spot for a week and just hanging out, is there more to do other than visit what appears to be a beautiful site?
5 May 2017|
Response from PaulBPCA | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty to do at Tahoe! Emerald Bay is my favorite part of the lake, and there are plenty of fantastic hikes you can do in that area. Eagle Lake, Cascade Falls, and Vikingsholm are my 3 favorite moderate hikes... More
So, from what I've been reading. You pay a fee to get into the park, then you pay AGAIN to park?
28 January 2017|
Response from Donn S | Reviewed this property |
Is there any public transport to Emerald Bay State Park? I am travelling alone from 22nd Nov - 24th Nov to Lake Tahoe. Is it a good place to enjoy alone ?
1 November 2016|
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Response from dasenkaharykova | Reviewed this property |
didn't notice a bus....there is no uber, only regular taxi and those are costly....most people rent a car....you must go, it's definitely worth it. I travel alone too and this place is truly beautiful