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.
Vikingsholm Trail: The south side of Vikingsholm Trail is accessible for 0.03 mile. The path from 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 the Vikingsholm area.
The Overlook Trail is a 0.2 mile trail that starts in the Upper Eagle Point Campground. The trail ends at an overlook area that has unobstructed views of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, and the mountains. Accessible parking is located at the nearby campfire center. UPDATE 1/23/14: Due to the effects of local weather, the Overlook Trail is currently closed to the public. Rehabilitation of the trail is underway and repairs are expected to be finished by Summer 2015.