Cliff Walk
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Located near the back lawn of The Breakers and other historic mansions like Rough Point, this scenic 3.5-mile walk along Newport's coastline connects the western end of Easton Beach to the eastern end of Bailey’s Beach. Stroll along the Cliff Walk to spot a variety of wildflowers and birds, and enjoy commanding views of Narragansett Bay.It’s mostly an easy walk, but watch out for the southern section, which can get slightly tricky along the rocky shore. Newport gets especially busy during summer weekends—plan your visit during spring or fall, or on weekdays for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Sujlovestotravel
    Chennai (Madras), India194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in Newport
    Great walk ; a must do ! Took us approx 2 hours . We took the free trolley back … that’s really a godsend ! It would be tough to walk back along the path all the way to the parking lot ! Great views and lots of photo ops . Carry lots of water in the summer and wear a hat ! I think it’s advisable to do this walk in the evenings in summer with the sun on the western side !
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Ina G
    560 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous walk by the Atlantic
    It is a gorgeous walk! From victorian mansions to wild rocks catching the waves, with the beautiful ocean breeze, how could you not like it? The beach at the end of the walk is not great, so I would rather walk. There is even a tunnel 😊
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Stephanie S
    Roseland, New Jersey1,414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    The cliff walk is definitely a highlight of Newport. It’s a 3.5 mile walk but there are different places you can enter/exit if you don’t want to do the whole thing. We started at the 40 steps and walked down past some buildings apart of Salve Regina University as well as mansions like the Breakers. You get great ocean views and see lots of plants and flowers. Lots of people come visit the cliff walk so it can get crowded. Very scenic. Definitely a must see in Newport!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • truck2chief
    Floral Park, New York10,189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for a nice walk
    This is just such a nice 3.5 Mile walk along the shore with some nice mansions at your right. This is more about the ocean as many shrubs and trees block some of the housing side, but it's great to do early am or late day. The breeze was terrific last night, and we just took it all in. There is a midway restroom and street access half way through this.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Amelia B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We went on a day with beautiful weather. It was amazing! There was a breeze coming off the water, and there were new things to explore around every corner. Make sure to bring walking shoes, though! There are some sections where you can walk on big, flat rocks, so leave your high heels at home.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Beth S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must be a strong & steady walker/hiker
    Wish we weren't in a heat wave when we did this as there is limited shade but so glad we did it. We parked at Narragansett Ave by the bathrooms ($2 an hour to park). Due to the first section being closed, we had to walk a block or 2 to enter the Cliff Walk one street over (not a big deal). We paid for an app to narrate what we were seeing as we went (would definitely recommend doing this so you know where you are and what you are looking at). The views were beautiful - ocean and cliffs on one side, and the backyard of the mansions on the other. We went 3 miles along Cliff Walk from where we parked down past Rough Point to pick up the trolley back to the car (it was a 2 mile walk back to the car so we could have walked it, but the town trolley came by). The Cliff Walk varies between paved path, gravel/dirt path, and serious rocks and boulders that you have to balance and climb over. Surprisingly, there were no hand rails or clear path at times which way is the easiest over the boulders. You must be steady on your feet and a strong walker/hiker to do this.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Sherry L
    Fishers, Indiana700 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hubs wanted me to go - glad I did!!
    Hubs did this 45 yrs ago so wanted me to experience it. It was a fairly easy hike up and down up til the rocks then we turned around. It was hot so a little harder than expected but still an excellent walk! Loved seeing the fabulous mansions and wild flowers along the path. About half way or so there are restrooms. Worth it!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • davem810
    Orlando, Florida86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk with beautiful views
    A wonderful walk, with the ocean as the backdrop. We had the good fortune of sunny skies and a nice breeze, and the nice thing about the walk is you go just as far as you wish and then turn around. At the time of our walk, there was a detour that took you off the trail for one block, no big deal at all. The mansions are pretty amazing. Those mansion grounds and the campus of nearby Salve Regina University are quite spectacular.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • GandolphJames
    Ogden, Utah66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some of the Walk is Easy Enough For Seniors
    We are in our seventies and we were able to walk from the North end to Wetmore Avenue where we were able to get back on the free trolley, #67. That is not the entire Cliff Walk, but it was was beautiful and interesting. Just allow yourself enough time depending on your abilities. It is paved and fairly level for much of the way. There are several places to exit and get back to a place where you can get the trolley.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • MaryAnn S
    Old Lyme, Connecticut11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Cliff Walk
    The Cliff Walk is a beautiful seaside walk just a short distance from downtown Newport. The section from Easton Beach to Salve Regina (Narragansett Ave) is paved and easy with spectacular views. The section from Narragansett Ave onward is partly blocked off for repairs (there is a detour) and then quite rough terrain. Parking at Easton beach is plentiful but expensive. One great option is to park at the Newport Transportation Center which is conveniently downtown, hop on the free Trolley #67 and take a scenic quick ride to Salve Regina. If you ask the trolley drive, you get a $5 voucher for the parking fee. Newport is such a fun and gorgeous destination!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
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Lydia J
Astoria, NY6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We had limited time to do the Cliff Walk, but I'm glad we made it here. We had planned to walk from Easton Beach, but the metered parking was full so we drove to Narangansett Ave and there was plenty of inexpensive metered parking there (by license plate number). We arrived at 8:45am on a Friday and because the turnover there is high, there was still plenty of parking by the time we left at 10am. My sister ran the whole Cliff Walk as part of her morning run the day before our stroll, and I noticed plenty of metered parking by Easton Beach at the beginning of the cliff walk on a Thursday at 9am.

The view from the Cliff Walk is perfect for photo ops, and the walk by the mansions was wonderful. I downloaded an audio tour onto my phone before arriving, and it gave great background on each house and occupants. I highly recommend doing that if you want a little more than just seeing pretty ocean and pretty houses. Part of the path becomes rock scramble (just after The Breakers and again later on) so definitely not for people with stability issues. (Not ideal for my sister's marathon training, but I didn't know when I recommended it!) There are a few moments near the water that smell like sewage, but if you kept walking it disappeared quickly. There is very little shade, so wear sunscreen!
Written September 1, 2020
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Thomas B
Stamford, CT2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very enjoyable! I enjoy walking and hiking frequently and the Cliff Walk offers the best views to do so! We parked by the entrance to Easton’s Beach on street, metered. The path is well paved and marked in the area by the beach, however, certain areas are rocks only. Everything is well marked and I knew exactly where the terrain would be rough. Good for older children and adults, good footwear is necessary if you plan on accessing the entire walk.

Be warned, there is a water treatment plant nearby and depending on wind conditions, there may be some bad smells in areas. This only happened in 2 small areas and was not a major issue.

I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a nice walk by the ocean and aside from parking it is FREE.
Written July 13, 2020
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL3,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
We did portions of the Cliff Walk after visiting The Breakers. It’s certainly worth your time when visiting Newport. The views of the water are stunning, and you also get to see several fabulous homes, some modern and some from ages gone by. There are several entrances along the way; parts of the terrain are more challenging. It’s easy to do only part of the walk. The easier parts of the walk were very busy, making social distancing during COVID-19 somewhat difficult due to the narrow walk and volume of people. That said, those visiting were conscientious about masks and everyone seemed to be trying their best. It was a nice stroll on a gorgeous summer day.
Written September 1, 2020
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Marty A.
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Jazz Festival is a favorite event and Newport is a fabulous destination. The Cliff Walk is well worth the effort and you can walk half way or take the full walking trail. The Mansion walk and tour(s) are worth the experience, although one or two tours will suffice. Good restaurants all around.
Written January 7, 2020
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The Cliff Walk is one of the more popular things to do in Newport and after a short time on it , you can understand why. There are many options to enter and exit the Cliff Walk and the views vary from ocean to mansion. There were a number of people on the Cliff Walk but masks and social distancing was prevalent.
AND IT'S FREE !
Written October 5, 2020
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panpanda
Atlanta, GA877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Very frustrating. Many mile walk and the water fountains didn't work along the trail. Feel the City of Newport likes tourist dollars, but is cheap at providing services, such as water on a trail and available bathrooms.
Bring your own water!
Spectacular views!
Written August 24, 2021
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SnyderDuane
Denver, CO23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There is a Newport sponsored trolley (Bellevue #67) that runs from the Transportation Center downtown. This is a free trolley and makes a round trip from downtown area of Thames St past a number of mansions. In our case the driver was very talkative describing the various landmarks, buildings and mansions. One of the stops is in front of the "The Breakers" which allows tours of the grounds and such for a fee. This stop is just past Salve Regina University on Ochre Point Ave going South on the way out of town. Just to the right of The Breakers is Ruggles Ave which with a short walk East (about a block) leads to the cliff walk. This a approximately 1/2 way down Cliff Walk, and according to the University students, going South is some of the best views of the walk. We walked approximately 1/2 mile south when we came across a washed out area of the walk about 1/4 mile long. Many people do cross this area, but it would not be recommended for anyone with balance or mobility issues. We walked back where we exited the trolley and was able to catch one back to the Transportation Center. The views were good and the walk of about a mile were prefect for us. There is another access to the walk on the North end of Ochre Point Ave for those that desire a longer hike.
Written November 13, 2022
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Colleen O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
The Cliffwalk is a FREE BEAUTIFUL PLACE to go for a walk or a run,or both!
The scenery is camera and video worthy,
and such pictures and videos that you take while on the Cliffwalk will make your friends make home jealous!
The back of the famous Newport mansions line one side of the path,
while the ocean is on the other side.
Fair warning though:
It is basically a cliff that you are walking on,
albeit a safe one,
hence the name "The Cliffwalk ".
So,that being said,here are some things you might want to keep in mind out of caution to ensure that your visit to the Cliffwalk remains an enjoyable experience.
Some parts of the Cliffwalk are not fenced,
so it would be a very good word to the wise to,
when coming across the unfenced sections,
to keep your young children near you and
away from the edge of the cliff.
There is not only the beautiful ocean down below, but also sharp hard rocks that could possibly be a real danger if anybody,
not matter what age,lost their footing,
and accidently fell over the edge..
That would be so tragic.
For the same reason,please keep a firm grip onto your devices when taking pictures or videos at those spots along the Cliffwalk,
especially on windy days.
That expensive device of yours could become nothing but shattered pieces if you're not careful.
Please take precautions so that after enjoying the incredible views along the Cliffwalk,
you and your family can continue to enjoy
the historic and Beautiful Newport,
Rhode Island!
The Cliffwalk is wide enough for 2 way
people foot traffic,however, you might need
to move over just a bit to make room for others
and their dogs and baby strollers if need be.
Just some helpful things to keep in mind.
It's very peaceful and relaxing, especially
with sound of the waves crashing into the rocks below acting as the soundtrack to your visit to the Cliffwalk. Enjoy!
Written June 24, 2021
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Erica S
Syracuse, Ny74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Go. It’s amazing. Start at either Easton Beach or go all the way to end at Bailey’s Beach. Take water, hat & sunscreen. And camera. I’ve never seen or done anything more fantastic than this! You can take a bus for $2 per ride or drive and park on side streets or parking near Easton Beach. 40 steps is at the end of Narranganset and has restrooms and it’s located about 1/4 mile from Easton. None of it is treacherous, mostly paved and there were many children & older people doing it. Please don’t litter. That was the saddest thing to see 🙁
Written July 12, 2020
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Kathy H
New York City, NY69 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Couples
Plain ans simple, masks save lives. There are signs posted throughout the trail asking people to wear a mask. Around 35% of the people are following cdc guidelines. Because it is so narrow you can't avoid people without a mask. Really felt unsafe and frustrated. It isn't much to ask, yet people are very inconsiderate. I am traveling with my 93 year old mother. We all must remember it isn't just about you, but how others are impacted.
Written September 30, 2020
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