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Named for 19th-century lumber titan Duane Leroy Bliss, this stunning 744-acre park is home to the deepest section of Lake Tahoe and some of the area's most breathtaking sites, including several pristine beaches, hiking trails and the Balancing Rock, a 250,000-pound boulder balancing on a mere fist of granite.
Recent visitors raved about the park's beaches, trails and campsites, saying that they're definitely worth a visit. However, one common complaint is the lack of parking and the limited access to the park in the winter offseason.
D.L. Bliss State Park sits about 2 miles north of Emerald Bay State Park on Lake Tahoe's southwestern shore, or about 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89. It's open every day from dawn to dusk. The park is closed to cars in the winter, though pedestrians can still access the closest Rubicon trailhead via a 1-mile hike from the visitor center. During the summer, the day use parking areas at the beaches and at the Rubicon trailhead are often full by mid-morning, so it's advisable to arrive early or in the late afternoon. It costs $10 to enter the park. Available facilities include restrooms, showers and designated picnic areas. For more information, visit the park's website.
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