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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  • Michael L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasure to walk
    The smell of sea air, the rocky coast, I could have been California coast except couldn’t find tide pools. Nice walk. Some shade, sun, rain, wind. We walked some before lunch and some after. Part of the walk has fallen into the sea. That part was barricaded off, no concerns there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Robert L
    Milford, Connecticut22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of the ocean and incredible mansions!
    Although parts of the original cliffwalk are close due to safety concerns, the rest is definitely worth the effort. Many examples of art deco architecture and while waves crash on the rocks below. A once in a lifetime experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Breanna P
    San Antonio, Texas393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free and beautiful!
    Great free thing to do in Newport! We only walked a short section near the Breakers, but I would love to do the whole trail sometime. Gorgeous scenery and lovely way to get a glimpse of the magnificent homes. We used the free trolley to drop us off and pick us up.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Kathryn M
    Orlando, Florida205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice walk, parking is hard to find
    We walked the paved portion of the cliff walk and parked near 40 steps. It took about 30 mins from this point to the beach entrance at a leisurely pace. Nice views of the ocean and water front properties. If you are looking for a nice stroll this is it. We parked on the street near 40 steps and paid near the entrance.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Blessed0707
    United States44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and a Must Do
    The walk is so beautiful along the coast. I would recommend going in the morning when less crowded and cooler in the summer. We did the entire walk and it does get challenging towards to the end. The rocks can be difficult to maneuver and at times I was a little nervous.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • njoireading247
    Johns Creek, Georgia355 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    We had already done a trolley tour so we knew to take the bus to the Breakers due to construction on the early part of the walk We should have paid better attention to getting off the walk as we ended up doing the entire length, including the rocks/boulders and tunnel. It was more than we expected, but it was lovely. Once you reach the end there are signs to direct you back to the trolley /bus so you do not need to walk all the way back.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Q M
    Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk, nice walk, be careful with parking
    The walk is mild until probably Breakers. Beyond which could be rough, litterally. So wear good shoes and enjoy. The end of the walk, 250 yards into Bellevue, bus #67 was nice and fast way to Wharf area for lunch. It takes about 3 + hours to finish the walk, add one more if you are visiting the Breakers, ($29). Parking at the entrance near Easton Beach are metered to three hours maximum, beyond which a $40 ticket will be added to your windshield as the aftertaste for you to take home. Those parking spaces are probably the most profitable real estate even in Newport. We come to have a good time, to spend in the shops, and in the restaurants, but of course who would not welcome a bit of extra fine. So parking AT the beach parking at pay for beach parking will be safer. Or plan and consider other options.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • tracey k
    Redmond, Washington756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience, but do your research
    This walk checked many boxes on my visitor checklist. We parked at Easton beach and headed out. The first mile or so of trail you really only see one mansion, the trail is bounded on one side by the water, and other by tall hedges or fences with a lot of ivy, so only peek a boo views. Also not much shade. After the 40 steps, things get interesting! Several mansions available to gawk at, nice close up and panoramic views. More shade on path, AND a portion of trail where you are scampering over artfully placed rocks, completely unsuited to strollers, canes, unsteady folk of any variety, do your research. We walked this path, then jumped out, walked landslide and did tour of The Breakers. Doable. Do take note of cliff walk entry points and parking. The bottom line, great use of time, excellent scenery, I recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • 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
    534 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
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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, IL3,051 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, NY864 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, Ny71 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
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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