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Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe – A Great Place to Visit for Families

Updated on January 13, 2014

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is an often missed visitors center and trail along Highway 89 and the south shore of Lake Tahoe that’s good for all ages.

There’s not an exact address. You can use these coordinates to map it out: Latitude 38.9357, Longitude: -120.0539

How to Get to the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center at Taylor Creek from Sacramento:

Take Highway 50 towards South Lake Tahoe.

Go North on Highway 89.

After About 3 miles you will see Camp Richardson on your left. Taylor Creek Visitor Center is not far up from Camp Richardson and will be on your right.

Travel Time From Sacramento: About 1.5 to 2 hours depending on traffic. If you drive home on a late Sunday afternoon, at the end of a Holiday, or a weekend after a good snow storm, expect traffic.

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38.9357, -120.0539:
Visitor Center Road, Eldorado National Forest, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

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Highlights

The main trail is a nicely paved trail, easily accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers, that meanders along the creeks that flow from Lake Tahoe. At anytime of the year you'll find scenic views, wildlife, and interesting spots to explore. At one spot you can walk right up to the creek.

In October, you'll see the Kokanee salmon numbering in the thousands spawning and dying in the creeks. Later in the fall, the aspen trees make a spectacular show of fall colors while in the spring the meadows can be carpeted with wildflowers. Along the way is an underwater viewing area and lots of informational signs.

The area is very dog friendly with leashed pets allowed on the trail. You may even find a dog water bowl for your use at the water fountain.

Throughout the summer the center will host various nature related speakers, kids’ events, and other activities. Past presentations have included wild animal talks and stargazing.

Planning Ahead

Food: None available, but there are picnic tables. Before getting to the center, you will find some restaurants and ice cream shops along Highway 89.

Restrooms: Available at the visitor center before you start the trail. Take note that the bathrooms are only open during operational hours from May to October.

Tips

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is only open May to October. However you can still walk along the trail even when the center is not open.

Highway 89 may not be open during major snowfalls.

Go during the first weekend in October for the Salmon Festival where you'll find live animal presentations and lots of activities for the kids. Food is available at the festival, but do bring cash.

During the salmon run and especially the festival, it can be crowded and parking a bit of a challenge—you may have to walk from a side street to the center.

There are bears in the area, so review the center's information on what to do should you encounter a bear before heading out on the trail.

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