The North Tahoe Regional Park (download the map here) is located at 6600 Donner Road, one mile west of Highway 267 and one mile north of Highway 28 in Tahoe Vista. The Regional Park encompasses approximately 124 acres of predominantly active recreational activities. Surrounding the Regional Park on three sides are accessible public lands offering users a more passive recreational experience.
Found within the Regional Park are children's playground, five night-lighted tennis courts, several athletic fields, basketball, handball and sand volleyball courts and a disc golf course (download a copy of the disc golf course map). Residents have also created their own website to keep disc golfers up to date on other disc golf activities in the area: www.northtahoediscgolf.org.
Hiking trails wind throughout the Regional Park and include an 18 station fitness par course and a self-guided nature trail and a paved bike path for access to National Forest land or Highway 267. All of these trails meander through pine, fir and cedar forests with trailheads situated on the Regional Park's main road. Also adjacent are a number of picnic sites tucked away under the canopy of mature conifers. For larger gatherings, the covered picnic Ramada seats 100 and provides excellent views of the lake. Conveniently located next to the Ramada is a children's playground.
A new playground was completed in early July 2011 with an official Grand Opening and Ice Cream Social taking place on July 20, 2011. The playground includes a play structure for children ages 5 - 12, swing sets and spring rider play equipment. There are tot swings for younger children and traditional swing sets for older children. The equipment meets all current playground safety and ADA standards. This playground equipment replaces old equipment that was removed last year because it did not meet current safety standards.
There is a parking for of $3 for use of the North Tahoe Regional Park. However, those with a North Tahoe Resident's Benefit Sticker do not pay. District residents pay an annual assessment on their property taxes which supports the maintenance and operation of the Park. Get more information on the Resident's Benefit Program.
Nearly all of the amenities at the North Tahoe Regional Park are available for rent to District Residents and the General Public.
The Ramada is a covered picnic area that seats 100 and provides excellent views of the Lake. It is adjacent to the children's playground making it a great venue for family gatherings. The Ramada is used for family reunions, rehearsal dinners and other large group gatherings. Amenities include a BBQ and picnic area, running water and electricity.
Ballfields and the Grassy Field
The District maintains 2 fields as softball fields, 1 baseball field and a grassy field which is used for soccer, football and a variety of other uses. The ballfields and the grassy field area are available for rent.
The all weather artificial turf soccer field was completed in the summer of 2007. The field was built thanks to grants from California State Parks, Placer County and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
This great new amenity is available for rental by those wishing to run leagues or camps or on a first come, first served basis for pick up games. The field will be used by AYSO during the fall leagues for youth. It is also the home of the Tahoe Wave Futbol Club. You can find out more about the club on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tahoe-Wave-F%C3%BAtbol-Club/132885816760617
The field is artificial turf which means it will be ready to play as soon as the snow melts. The field is lined for full field play and for cross field play, allowing two "short" field games to be going on at one time.
Due to health concerns, animals are not permitted on the field.
Thomas Llewelyn Scout Area
The Scout area is available for rent to Boy and Girl Scout troops or other Youth Groups during the summer and winter months. It features rustic camping areas and fire rings. A log structure was recently completed for group gatherings or use by Scout Leaders. District resident Eric Rienstra organized a clean up project for the Scout Area as part of his Eagle Scout project in Spring 2004.
There are 5 tennis courts available for rent or on a first come-first served basis.
The District currently has no one under contract to run the tennis program at the North Tahoe Regional Park Tennis Courts.
Disc Golf Course
The 18 hole Disc Golf Course at the North Tahoe Regional Park was constructed in the summers of 2006 and 2007 thanks to many volunteers that spearheaded the labor and raised money to make this project happen. At least two tournaments are held each year utilizing the course. Download map of the course.
Hiking and Biking Trails
The North Tahoe Regional Park has a variety of trails available for hiking and biking, from gently nearly flat trails to steep uphill and downhill trails. The trails are all listed on the North Tahoe Regional Park map. Standard trail courtesy applies, bikes should yield to hikers.
While there are some challenging ascents and descents, the majority of the trail system is a good introduction to mountain biking for those that have never tried it and also a quick, fun ride through a beautiful trail system for experience bikers. These trails have been used for races in the past so they offer something for all ability levels. Bikes are available for rent at a number of stores in downtown Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. The Pine Drop Bike Path also connects to the North Tahoe Regional Park.
Interpretive Nature Trail
Interpreted along this ¾ mile trail are Sierra native flora, common forest systems and key points of interest.
Sierra forests contain some of the most beautiful flora found anywhere. Dominated by conifers (cone bearing trees), the Sierra forests contain some of the largest, tallest and oldest trees in the world. Their variety, combination and multitudes are seldom matched.
Situated in the “Canadian life zone,” the park offers a well represented example of a typical Sierra forest. During the development of the interpretive trail, focus was specific to native flora, emphasizing common factors affecting Sierra ecosystems.
While walking the nature trail, you may observe the difference between a Jeffrey Pine and a Ponderosa Pine. You will pass a Burnt Cedar stump from fires long past. You will walk through a ghost forest where displays interpret the ecosystem. You will learn what squirrels, birds and bears like to eat. You may even see a red-tailed hawk, Chickadee or Stellar Jay. You may learn how Native Americans used the Sierra plants for food. Illustrations will show you how soil is formed, why plants grow the way they grow and how the lumber industry has affected this area.
This trail was developed and constructed by the North Tahoe Parks Department. The Nature Trail is in need of some repair and updating, if you or your organization is interested in taking on this project, please contact the District.