Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe (California)

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Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California in the United States, centered on Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed and popular locations.In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay's bottom.The 1533acre park was established in 1953. It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40F at night to mid-70F during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20and. During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7mi in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.
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  • We like to take the lesser-known Vikingsholm trail (past the Eagle Falls trail) to get down to Emerald Bay. It's a beautiful 2ish mile hike down the mountainside with tons of tiny waterfalls (we count...  more »
  • Emrald bay is very scenic, both from land and water. If you love trekking and trails, then this is a place to spend some quality time with family and take memorable pics. Taking a boat cruise in the e...  more »
  • Once you find a place to park, take the time to do the hike down to the lakeshore. It takes 15 minutes or so to walk (all downhill one way, so all uphill coming back.) It is definitely worth it. beaut...  more »
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  • Need more parking but GORGEOUS area! Numerous trails and breathtaking views. I cannot emphasize enough: GO EARLY. BEAT THE CROWD. The parking area is extremely small. You can park on the side of the road in some areas but be careful and make sure it's not a "NO PARKING" zone. If you find a quiet trail and hike quietly, you might see little lizards sunning themselves on the rocks. (see the pics)
  • Very amazing place to go hiking. The lake itself is very beautiful to look at. It was very busy went i went and a lot of people had to park on the street but it was not too far out of the way. I expected it to be fairly busy because of how popular the spot is but its worth it. Before the start of the trail you do see a waterfall. When you do start the trail and get down to the bottom where the beach is , its a nice view of the little island in the middle. There is a little gift shop so you can get water and ice cream which was super convenient, and there was bathrooms as well. There was a trail past that point if you wanted to go hiking some more. It does get a little exhausting so make sure you have water if you continue hiking. There was a trail that had rock stairs that leads to a big waterfall which was the best part of the trip.
  • Went to Emerald Bay State Park for a morning jog on the famous Rubicon Trail and it did not disappoint. Started at the parks pull off and walked down to the entrance so I didn't have to pay the parking fee for the day ($10) and started on the Rubicon going west to east. Was greeted with UNBELIEVABLE views from the moment I started til finishing. Quiet wooded areas, breathtaking views of the bay, the historic Vikingsholm, waterfalls, it had it all. Did get a little crowded towards lunch time but that's normal for Lake Tahoe on the weekend during summer. A perfect morning trail run 👍
  • This was a huge letdown. Parking was a nightmare. After circling the lot for 20 minutes we finally got lucky and got a spot. Then you have a fairly long hike down to the bay. Once you are down there you will find there is very little beach, and it is very crowded. The views aren't even that great Even the hike to eagle falls was disappointing. The falls mid-summer were nothing but a trickle. Save yourself the time and go to a different spot.
  • Mesmerized by natures beauty!!! Gave visit during end of the May month and found the weather really pleasing.. From the top view though it may look far off but we were able to get down in 20 mins and enjoy the scenic beauty. Please do not miss to visit this place
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