Emerald Bay State Park preserves the natural beauty of glacier-carved granite overlooking the blue bay and the underwater resting place of many vessels used in the Lake’s heyday. It also features Vikingsholm, the Scandinavian style summer home of Mrs. Lora J. Knight, and the ruins of a teahouse on Fanette Island. Very steep terrain limits access but some accommodation is possible. Call (530) 525-9530 to check on the availability of shuttle service to escort people with mobility disabilities to Vikingsholm area. The park is usually open Memorial Day weekend through September. Altitudes are in the range of 6200 feet, so visitors must remember to allow their bodies time to adjust before strenuous exercise. The body may react differently to some medications as well. The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City or 10 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. Phone Campground: 530-541-3030, Vikingsholm Visitor Center: 530-541-6498.
The campground is located off of highway 89 approximately 2 miles south of the Vikingsholm parking lot. Campsites 64, 72, 73, 88, and 95 are accessible and there is one accessible restroom/shower building located near sites, 64, 72 and 73. Additional campground restroom upgrades are pending.
The south side of Vikingsholm Trail is accessible for 0.03 mile. The path from the Vikingsholm to the Visitor Center is also accessible for 0.03 mile. Special arrangements are necessary to reach the Vikingsholm area which is located down a very steep gravel road that is not open to private vehicles. Call (530) 525-9530 to check on the availability of shuttle service to escort people with mobility disabilities to Vikingsholm area.
Definitions & Terms
Meets all or most of the current accessibility standards; most visitors with disabilities will not need assistance.
Meets many current codes and has few barriers, but some visitors with disabilities may need assistance.
Meets some current codes but has some barriers; many visitors with disabilities may require assistance.
Describes facilities that have been set aside and usually signed or “designated” accessible because they met accessibility codes when built. Such facilities may vary from newer suggested guidelines in specified ways, and improvements may be planned or ongoing. Minor variations from guidelines are not usually described. This term is often used for parking spaces that are reserved for visitors with disabilities even though there may be minor issues with slope, signage, or size.