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. Altitudes are in the range of 6200 feet, so visitors should be aware of how high altitude may affect them. Very steep terrain limits access but some accommodation is possible. Call (530) 525-9529 to check on the availability of shuttle service to escort people with mobility disabilities to the Vikingsholm area.
The park is open year-round, however, the Visitor Center is only open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Phone the Visitor Center at (530) 541-6498 for more information. The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City or 10 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. Phone the campground at (530) 541-3030 or the Lake Tahoe Sector Park Office at(530) 525-7232 for more information.
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.
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.