Van Sickle Bi-State Park, South Lake Tahoe

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State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park is a public recreation area straddling the border of California and Nevada, USA, that overlooks Lake Tahoe and preserves the farm of Henry Van Sickle. The state park features trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. It is managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in partnership with the California Tahoe Conservancy.HistoryHenry Van Sickle built the farm in the 1860s to hold hay for a nearby way station. Later it serviced freight-pulling horse teams through the region. Eventually the facility became an equestrian stable for tourists. In 1989, of the land was donated to the Nevada Division of State Parks, and in 2001, the California Tahoe Conservancy purchased the adjacent California property. The park opened to the public in summer 2011.While the California Department of Parks and Recreation was originally involved, they dropped out due to continued funding woes. Although part of the park is in California, it is not currently considered a California state park.ParkThe park encompasses within Nevada and in California. The main entrance as well as most of the historical buildings are on the California side. The Heavenly Ski Resort gondola runs over the park grounds near the barn and stables. Features of the park include the historic Van Sickle farm barn, a 1917-era log cabin, and hiking trails with access to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
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  • Beautiful hike with my daughter, breathtaking views, wish we'd had more time, we'll be back with a picnic lunch and a tripod! :-)  more »
  • We went snowshoeing on a snowy day. Despite being located close to civilization, it felt remote. We only saw one other person while out, but like I said it was snowing for most of the time. It was bea...  more »
  • Great place for a snow shoe or a walk in the winter. Happened to go when the resorts were closed and really nice because it was quiet.  more »
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  • Been there in summer, been there in a winter. Every season has it's own charm. There is a sign on Nevada/California border which is everybody takes pictures with and which is completely not visible in winter due to snow. Tip: If you go there in wintertime - don't forget your snow shoes, you'll need those.
  • Excellent views of Lake Tahoe. Very convenient to casinos and the Heavenly Village. Many trail options.
  • We had a great hike.
  • Nice place, with California-Nevada border, cool trail, vista points, etc
  • Great place for hiking!