Van Sickle Bi-State Park, South Lake Tahoe

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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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  • Since I was staying at the Marriott, I took the guided group 2 mile hike. I eventually went off on my own since the group was slow moving and I wanted to hike up to a small waterfall, which I highly r...  more »
  • Great walk amongst nature. Some paths had ice on them but by and large it was a wonderful experience. No recent snow in the area so greenery was very visible... and looked beautiful. The view from the...  more »
  • We visited knowing it was a snow crap shoot in November— but found this hike right outside the Marriott Village areas... Well maintained, easy to moderate hike takes you up for gorgeous views of the l...  more »
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  • Great walk amongst nature. Some paths has ice on them but by and large it was a wonderful experience. The view from the vista point was amazing!
  • Lovely hiking trails all over. I did the CalNeva trail to Tahoe Rim beginning of June 2017..just about 6.7 miles round trip. The trip there is mostly up but steady and not too steep. A bit of snow to walk thru near the top but nothing unmanageable. View of North Bowl Ski Lift from the Rim Trail. Back down is easy with great views.
  • Easy trail. Good waterfall and over look
  • 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.
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