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Emerald Bay State Park

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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 1 week ago via mobile

The view is stunning. What ever you’re viewing from the vista point or in the water this truly beautiful. I’m so glad we took time to visit this park. The water is clear. A lots of activities: kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking.

Thank BeataNY
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place! We were surprised at the lack of knowledge of some of the people we had met along the way to ask questions. We ended up walking to the Viking house and there is a beautiful beach to rest at before...More

1  Thank RDScmh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went back twice over the week that we were here. If you go make sure you do the overlook trail near the campground. The trail is not hard by any means and gives you some stellar views of the lake and bay. We were...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching the sunrise over Emerald Bay is an absolute must! We got there just as the sun began to rise and the sky lit up a spectacular combination of red/yellow and orange. The reflection off the water combined with the picturesque island was a breathtaking...More

1  Thank Matthew R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More stunning in person than you would imagine by looking at pictures. Whether you stop at the overlooks or take the hike to the bay shoreline you will enjoy this beautiful landscape. We viewed early in the day and I think that may be the...More

Thank PamDoug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so glad we took time to visit this park! I The views are beautiful & the air smells so clean & fresh. All of the oxygen from those amazing trees gives you all kinds of energy & great feelings . Parking can be...More

Thank davidvgonz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view is stunning, breathtaking and will leave you speechless! Must see! The drive is just as beautiful as the views. Get out and walk around! We hiked to Vikingsholm, I encourage you to bring water it’s a steep hike! It’s worth it.

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parking is very limited. There were a lot of people parking in desperation along bits of the road that could just accommodate a vehicle. This is the first state park that we thought was poorly run. Signage is minimal but a I've all is the...More

1  Thank the2Ts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pictures cannot do this place justice, it is simply breathtakingly amazingly beautful. The walk down to Vikingsholm and back up is very manageable, just pace yourself and wear sensible shoes. Parking for Vikingsholm gets terribly difficult so taking a bus makes a lot of sense,...More

6  Thank Alexandra a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view and scenery is spectacular. Finding a parking spot on the street was a challenge. The scenery is breathtaking and worth the hike, Be prepared for the crowds.

1  Thank sjworldtravels
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