10 Popular Lake Tahoe Bike-accessible Campgrounds
One of the great assets distinguishing vacationing in the Tahoe region are 10 popular Lake Tahoe bike-accessible campgrounds. These campgrounds are located on some of Tahoe’s best bike paths — providing connectivity to communities, recreational resources, and shopping districts
Staying at a Lake Tahoe bike-accessible campground provides a convenient and fun alternative to relying on a vehicle for transportation. During the peak tourism months of July and August the highways are in traffic gridlock and the demand for parking exceeds the capacity to accommodate the demand. You, your family and friends, can easily ride your bikes to the beach, go shopping, visit points of interests or just cruise along at a relaxed pace on a bike path; and not have to sit in traffic congestion or frustratingly look for parking at your destination.
Here are the ten popular Lake Tahoe bike-accessible campgrounds with their associated bike paths for your consideration. Some of these are in high demand and require advance reservations, while others are on a first come first serve bases. Starting in the South Lake Tahoe area and traveling along the west side of Lake Tahoe, you can discover the following bike-accessible campgrounds:
Nevada Beach Campground. This is a favorite site because it is on the beach of Lake Tahoe, just a couple of miles from the casino corridor of Stateline. It borders a convenient bike-path network offering easy access to Round Hill Pines beach, Round Hill Shopping Center, Kahle Community Park, and Rabe Meadow. You can easily ride to the Stateline casino district for a wide selection of dinning and entertainment. South Tahoe Beach Cruise.
The Campground by the Lake. This campground is located across Highway 50 from the Commons Beach Park where it is complete with human-powered watercraft rentals, food concession; BBQ pits, picnic tables, and serves as a venue for many special events during the summer months. Additionally, you can access a variety of beaches, shopping centers, and special points of interest by riding the South Tahoe Beach Cruise
Camp Richardson. Located on Hwy 89, Emerald Bay Road, Camp Richardson Resort is located on one of the most popular bike paths in Tahoe – providing access to some of the best beaches (Pope, Camp Richardson, Baldwin and Kiva), the Valhalla historical site, and the popular Beacon restaurant for food and entertainment. This bike path is part of the South Tahoe Bike Cruise.
Camp Richardson bike path
Fallen Leaf Campground. This campground is located just pass Camp Richardson. It is off the beaten path and a mile off the highway. It borders the picturesque Fallen Leaf Lake and is at the base of the majestic Mt. Tallac. Glen Alpine Falls and access to the Desolation Wilderness are also interesting options for a ride or hike respectively. It has its own bike path connecting to the South Tahoe Beach Cruise.
Meeks Bay Campground. This is a sweet location along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for those wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle of South Tahoe casinos and traffic. What makes it so nice is that the crystalline waters of the Bay are adjacent to camping, small boat marina, a store for basic food/beverage supplies, and great place for families with kids as the Bay has a sandy bottom and is shallow along the shore. The West Shore bike path is currently under construction (summer of 2018) and when completed will connect to the bike path that can take you all the way to Tahoe City. West Lake Cruise
Sugar Pine Point State Park. This campground is among old growth pine and cedar trees making for an intimate connection with the forest. Across highway (Highway 89) from the Park entrance is your access to the Lake and connecting with the west shore bike path that travels through small communities and connecting to Tahoe City. A special point of interest here is the Hellman-Ehrman Manson built in 1903 by I.W. Hellman, a San Francisco financier who loved Tahoe. This is one of the finest historical examples of a turn of the century elegant architecture. You can ride 11 miles to Tahoe City along the West Lake Cruise.
Kaspian Campground. This small campground is located 4 miles south of Tahoe City across Highway 89 from the Lake and bike path. There is lake access. It is a tent only campsite with spare trees and shrubs. There are restrooms and fire pits. The West Shore bike path from this campground offers a wide selection of options. You can ride to Tahoe City to eat or shop, raft down the Truckee River, visit the popular Sunnyside restaurant or go south to Homewood and rent watercraft. West Lake Cruise.
William Kent Campground. The campground is conveniently located just a 2 miles south from Tahoe City along Highway 89. It is on the mountainside of the highway among a forest with pine, fir, cedar trees and shrubs. The campground’s undulating terrain makes for interesting campsites and provides for some seclusion. Across the highway is a day use area for access to the Lake and the bike path. West Lake Cruise.
Once you have stayed at one of the 10 popular Lake Tahoe bike-accessible campgrounds you too will come to realize and appreciate how easy it is to get around and how close the community amenities are. Give bike-accessible camping a try for your next Lake Tahoe vacation – you will love it!