Lake Tahoe, the queen of California lakes, faces a mountain of woes—population and pollution threaten the lake’s natural beauty—but if you come to D. L. Bliss State Park and hike down the Rubicon Trail toward Emerald Bay State Park, you’ll see Tahoe almost as Mark Twain did.
Now, besides being reforested and magically beautiful, D. L. Bliss State Park is a parent’s delight. The place is crawling with kids playing under the pines and climbing the rounded boulders in the campground. We brought our big-city niece to Bliss, and within moments she was running around the campground playing hide-and-seek with all the kids. The ﬂush toilets are immaculately clean, and the hot showers are heavenly after a day of swimming down at Lester Beach (the best beach in Tahoe for kids) and hiking the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Bay and back.
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Campgrounds - Trail Length: