Van Sickle Bi-State Park, South Lake Tahoe

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • This park starts in back of the Heavenly Village resort, so easy to get to. Parts were definitely uphill, but the views were great. There are multiple trails, some more strenuous than others. 
  • Just hiked yesterday, have cycled some of it before. loved it, beautiful up to 7,777 ft. Met Wild Bill yesterday, he is one of the builders of this beauty and really proud of it. It's about a 7mile hi...  read more »
  • The hiking trails are well marked, making it easy to get to the vista and waterfall. The waterfall seems a little further than .7 miles but is worth the extra walk to see it. There is a good mix betwe...  read more »
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