Van Sickle Bi-State Park, South Lake Tahoe

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Van Sickle Bi-State Park is a state park straddling the border of California and Nevada, USA. Opened to the public in summer 2011, it preserves the farm of Henry Van Sickle and overlooks Lake Tahoe. The property is managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in partnership with the California Tahoe Conservancy. 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.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, the land was donated to the Nevada Division of State Parks and shortly after the State of California purchased the adjacent lands.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. The park lies within minutes of the region's main urban, commercial and gaming areas; its entrance is just behind Harrah's Lake Tahoe casino.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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  • If you can find a place to stash your car (entrance to park is closed in winter), this is a great central location to walk in a few hundred feet and do a little sledding in the snow. 
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail is easily accessed by Van Sickle. The park is very close to Fire and Ice which is a perfect spot for lunch after a hike. 
  • The Heavenly Cable Car wasn't in service when I was there, they were getting it ready for the Winter Season. Another tourist suggested I go here and do the walks, so Very Pleased I took their advice. ...  more »