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Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age. Wildflowers, birds, geology ... all add to this delightful walk. What makes Cliff Walk unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. In 1975 the walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail ... the 65th in the nation and first in New England. The walk runs 3.5 miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition. Parts of the southern half of the walk are a rough trail over the natural and rugged New England rocky shoreline. Walkers need to be especially careful and alert in these challenging areas. RI State Law seems to apply to Limit Liability of property owners. You pass at your own risk on the walk, which is a public right-of-way over private property. In spots just a couple of feet from the path are abrupt drops of over 70 feet. Wild bushes and weeds often hide this danger. As you walk further south you have to scramble from rock to rock and proper shoes are a must. Even with good shoes, fine sand on some of the rock surfaces can be very slippery. One of the main things to watch for is Poison Ivy which grows well in rainy summer weather along some areas of the path. Nevertheless, the walk remains one of the top attractions in Newport and is taken by people of all ages. Current estimates have a quarter million trips made each year. The walk starts at the western end of Easton's or First Beach at Memorial Blvd. and runs south with major exits at Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and ends at Bellevue Ave. at the east end of Bailey's Beach locally referred to as Reject's Beach. At Marine Ave. there is a small natural beach [Belmont] that is often used by surfers to launch their boards when surfing off the "Breakers" on those rare occasions when hurricanes are passing offshore. Five State of RI designated rights-of-way to Cliff Walk are marked with brass plaques at Webster St., Narragansett Ave., Ledge Rd., Ruggles Ave., and Seaview Ave.


Travis Wiehe

Sunday, July 15, 2018
One of the most beautiful things to do in Newport. I would recommend reading the map carefully before startin because the cliff walk is really long and you don't want to get stuck far away from your car. The views are amazing.


Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Simply amazing! The Cliff Walk is a must when visiting Newport. The views of Easton Bay and the mansions are unbeatable and will leave you speechless. I would recommend arriving early and parking on Narragansett Ave. This way you start at the 40 steps and cut off the whole section starting at Easton's Beach. It's much more crowded in that area and there isn't as much to see so save your energy. There are so many awesome spots to take stunning photos as well. This may very well be the most memorable experience of your trip to Newport so put it at the top of your list! Rhode Island is unbelievably beautiful!

Dandan Huang

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Great view along the coast. Lots of mansions and superb for photos. Parking near the beach or on the back streets and take 10 min walk.

Angela DeFilippo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Great activity to see Newport and the coast line. The path is very easy to walk from the top by Easton’s Beach down to the Breakers. We didn’t make it past this point due to the walking we did previously, but the views are breathtaking and this is a great activity for all ages!

Hannah Moore

Sunday, July 29, 2018
If you haven't walked the cliff walk, then you are missing out on one of the beauties of RI. Walk or run the full path for a good work out while enjoying the ocean views. You'll know you've reached the end of the path when you get to Baiely's beach.

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