Emerald Bay State Park
Emerald Bay State Park
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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With photo opportunities at every turn, this idyllic bay in Lake Tahoe is a must-see. Designated as a National Natural Landmark, Emerald Bay State Park is known for its large granite peaks and hiking trails. The best way to soak in the awe-inspiring landscapes is along the Eagle Falls Vista Point Loop or Rubicon Trail. Be sure to tour the Vikingsholm Castle in the summer months—this landmark boasts fine Scandinavian architecture and has an interesting history. Those who prefer jumping into the cool waters can go kayaking or scuba diving too. Parking at Emerald Bay is limited, so arrive early to snag a spot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Kimberly J
    Leesburg, Virginia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous scenery, great hike - not to be missed
    The attached pictures do not do this venue justice! The trails are very well marked with mild ups and downs. Our group had a 58 year old, and three 24 year olds. We saw people of all ages, although the older folks were fit and the younger kids held their adult's hand. The scenery on the Rubicon Trail leading to the waterfalls was absolutely heavenly. We hiked to the bigger water fall and then on a bit to the Vikingsholm Castle. There were a couple of muddy patches on the trail but nothing we couldn't traverse. Parking was the best $10 I spent on this trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • SLKspingirl
    527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the prettiest spots on Lake Tahoe
    Beautiful spot! We took the advice to arrive early and enjoyed the sunrise over the lake from one of the roadside stops along Hwy 89. It’s a long walk down to the beach and even longer going back up, always fun at 6,000 feet elevation. We also hiked to upper and lower Eagle Falls. Both flowing very well for early August! We did not have a chance to tour Vikingsholm as we had to leave before the first tour at 10:30. But the beauty of this bay is beyond words.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Ash D
    San Jose, California70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous sunset location!
    Inspiration Point in Emerald Bay State Park is a beautiful overlook located in Lake Tahoe, California. Sunsets are gorgeous! Do visit it around sunset! It offers breathtaking panoramic views of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island, making it a popular destination for hikers and visitors. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe surrounded by the lush greenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains create a stunning backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers. It's an excellent spot for a scenic hike or a peaceful moment of reflection while taking in the natural beauty of the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
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Ash D
San Jose, CA70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Inspiration Point in Emerald Bay State Park is a beautiful overlook located in Lake Tahoe, California.

Sunsets are gorgeous! Do visit it around sunset!

It offers breathtaking panoramic views of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island, making it a popular destination for hikers and visitors.

The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe surrounded by the lush greenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains create a stunning backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

It's an excellent spot for a scenic hike or a peaceful moment of reflection while taking in the natural beauty of the area.
Written September 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SLKspingirl
Texas527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful spot! We took the advice to arrive early and enjoyed the sunrise over the lake from one of the roadside stops along Hwy 89. It’s a long walk down to the beach and even longer going back up, always fun at 6,000 feet elevation. We also hiked to upper and lower Eagle Falls. Both flowing very well for early August! We did not have a chance to tour Vikingsholm as we had to leave before the first tour at 10:30. But the beauty of this bay is beyond words.
Written August 9, 2023
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Vanessa S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is a great place to see some history of the area and also enjoy the clear cool water of Lake Tahoe . Go early- lots of folks enjoy this special corner of the world!
Written July 13, 2023
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Kimberly J
Leesburg, VA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The attached pictures do not do this venue justice! The trails are very well marked with mild ups and downs. Our group had a 58 year old, and three 24 year olds. We saw people of all ages, although the older folks were fit and the younger kids held their adult's hand. The scenery on the Rubicon Trail leading to the waterfalls was absolutely heavenly. We hiked to the bigger water fall and then on a bit to the Vikingsholm Castle. There were a couple of muddy patches on the trail but nothing we couldn't traverse. Parking was the best $10 I spent on this trip!
Written June 28, 2023
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2BEis2SKI
Charlotte, NC1,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
One of the most picturesque spots on the planet. I personally think the lake and bay are most beautiful in the winter when snow rings the Sierra but that makes it less attractive as a beach and swimming place.

Parking is extremely limited and you have to plan to get their early if you want to park close to the beach.

Highly, highly recommend.
Written June 20, 2023
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Paul R
Teaneck, NJ81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was one of the most amazing sites to visit from a nature and beauty perspective that I have ever seen. The road up was nerve racking. No guardrails. Hair pin turns. But the views from in top made it worthwhile. Looking down on the cove below, the crystal clear water, and seeing the snow topped mountains, I felt this was God’s country.
Written June 10, 2023
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Brittany
Meade, KS11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
If you are driving a small hire car, you will be run off the road by these big gas guzzlers that are everywhere inside this park. Ban them.
Written February 12, 2023
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Emerald Bay State Park is a truly breathtaking place; it is one of the most scenic spots in the Lake Tahoe area.  There is so much wonderful nature to enjoy here and I highly recommend a day-long visit here if you have the opportunity.  Just a short list of the variety of stunning natural features include - the blue waters of the lake, the secluded view of the bay, Fannette Island, waterfalls, beautiful hiking trails, and beaches. In addition, the Vikingsholm Castle is a restored lovely architectural piece in the state Park.  The small park visitor center also serves refreshments.  Parking costs $10 but one could park for free near the Eagle Falls trailhead (National Forest Service) and take a short walk to the State Park parking area.  

Without a doubt, Emerald Bay is an absolutely great area to spend a whole day when visiting Lake Tahoe.
Written January 26, 2023
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lljjbb
Worcester, MA459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Driving around all of this week has been incredible with numerous spots to walk, hike and take beautiful pictures. This spot is the must do on your list. Parking is difficult, and you might need to wait. Please wait! Hike around the area, take some great pictures and spend time to hike down to the Viking home and lake area. Easy wide path to do this. Of course, as long as it takes to get down, it takes a bit longer to hike back up. Go slow and enjoy the trees and varying view points. Restrooms and small gift shop at bottom. Able to also tour Vikings if wish as well. Put your feet in the water. Picnic tables around too.
Written January 14, 2023
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Trish
London, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A quick walk from the car park to get the most mesmerising view of
Emerald bay from above, definitely worth getting out the car for.
Written November 21, 2022
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