Beautiful campground. Our site was a 5 minute walk to the lake. Unlike Tahoe, Fallen Leaf lake is small and very quiet. You can also take dogs to Fallen Leaf campground. Plus, great campground for biking - paved roads that are not that busy make biking with kids easy.
We spent the day here with my husband's brothers and kids ranging in age from 2 months old to 16 years. The small, shady beach was a perfect hang out place for the babies while the older kids enjoyed jumping off the pier and renting paddle boats and kayaks. It was beautiful and serene, and much more enjoyable than Lake Tahoe (in my opinion). There is a small store by the beach which has everything you could possibly need for an afternoon (or longer) out. My sister in law went on a short hike to a waterfall (we missed it unfortunately), but she said all the kids jumped in fully clothed and loved it. Great memories from our day at Fallen Leaf Lake!
Check out this hidden gem next time you are in Tahoe. Take a hike with your family and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around. Do some fishing, biking or picnicking with your family. Simply exploring the surrounding is sure to provide some quality family time. For the adventurous, take a bumpy four wheel off road ride to a more remote location. Have fun!
We had a wonderful time on this little hike with our 5 year old and 6 month old. The hike was very easy and only about 20 minutes to a beautiful serene, tucked away lake. On the way, we passed a massive tree whose inside had been burned out--our family of 4 was able to get inside and take a picture in it! We also collected huge pinecones along the path.
Fallen Leaf Lake is a great alternative to Lake Tahoe. There is a fun but short trail from the parking area to the shore which is perfect for families with young kids. The lake itself is small but very picturesque and quiet. No motorized watercraft are allowed so you can spend more time listening to the sounds of nature and less time trying to tune out the drone of watercraft engines. There is a campground on the lake that is both family friendly and pet friendly. My kids could have spent hours on the lake, skipping stones and building forts out of fallen limbs.
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