The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail along the eastern shoreline of Newport, Rhode Island. With Easton Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gilded Age mansions on the other, the views along this trail are spectacular!
|Google Maps view of the Cliff Walk|
There are two main places to park and enter the trail: there is a parking lot at First Beach for entrance at Memorial Boulevard and street parking at Narragansett Avenue (be advised that you have to pay to park at both places). The trail ends at Bellevue Avenue; the trail is not a loop, so you'll have to take the Cliff Walk back to your car, walk through the streets of Newport, or take the trolley.
We entered at Narragansett Avenue, where Forty Steps is located, which you brings you down close to the water.
The northern part of the walk is paved like a sidewalk; however, the southern part of the trail ranges from paved walk, to dirt, to rocks. Some parts of it can get rather tricky. If you want to avoid the rocky areas, you can exit the Cliff Walk at various streets (Webster Street, Sheppard Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Marine Avenue, and Ledge Road), all well-marked. Trail markers point out sights of interest and provide historical and geographical information on the area.
The Cliff Walk is a great way to see the sights, like The Breakers, from a different perspective. We had a pretty cloudy day, but it was still worth it. It was also really windy - be prepared!
I highly recommend the Cliff Walk if you visit Newport, Rhode Island!