Cliff Walk

Cliff Walk, Newport: Address, Phone Number, Cliff Walk Reviews: 4.5/5

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A scenic 3.5 mile walkway that borders the back lawn of The Breakers and many other Newport mansions.
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DebbieAG721
Massapequa, NY9 contributions
Defintely something everyone should do. Dont' need to do the entire walk since there are a few exit points to the street along the way. My husband and I did do the entire walk and then walked back to Pelham street afterwards.
Words of Advice: 1. Wear regular sneakers ( you will need the ankle support on the rocks) 2. Try to pick a partly cloudy day (it does get hot, even on a cloudy day in the summer) 3. Use the bathroom before you walk 3. Pick up a map at the entrance so you know where the street exits are in case it gets too much for you. 4. Bring a bottle of water.
The areas marked difficult are not too bad and do not go on for a long time before it gets easier again. You do need to be able to take a high step up from time to time and maintain minimal balance. I get nervous about these things sometimes but was able to do it with my husband spotting me on a few areas.
We did enjoy the walk and the ocean views and felt good about completing the whole walk.
If you are too tired to walk back after the cliff walk you can catch the trolley back to town for $2.
Written July 22, 2021
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panpanda
Atlanta, GA920 contributions
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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luv2trvl09NY
New York City, NY501 contributions
The Cliff Walk was one of the highlights of our trip to Newport. Not only did we get a good workout doing the 7 mile round trip walk, we also learned quite a bit about the mansions along the coast. Watch out for stations where you can scan the QR code and voila!, you get your own do-it-yourself tour of the Cliff Walk.

The path was mostly paved but many areas with large boulders were quite challenging to navigate. The best time to go in the summer is early in the morning to beat the crowd and the heat. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable sneakers. There’s metered parking on Easton Beach and also at Narragansett Ave
Written August 4, 2020
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Colleen O
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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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Alise R
Greenville, North Carolina4 contributions
Couples
The Cliff Walk is billed as offering views of the ocean and Gilded Age mansions. However, for a lot of the walk, all you can see are the hedges on either side of you. Except for the viewing platform at The Breakers, I felt like we got better views of the mansions walking on the city streets. Also, don’t be duped into paying the ridiculous $15 parking fee for the public parking on Memorial Blvd. There’s plenty of side street parking along the Cliff Walk.
Written October 15, 2021
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Jacquie D
Bloomingdale, NJ144 contributions
Couples
It was a foggy day so we decided to take a hike! We arrived around 915 am and paid to park at Easton’s Beach, then walked up the street to the entrance of the walk. There were a few other walkers but everyone wore their masks as others approached. It cleared up some and sprinkled some, but we were prepared for all. It was easy to see the mansions, and just hearing the ocean made it all so relaxing. The rocky spots required good shoes and attention to footing, but was not tricky. At the end we caught a lovely Uber ride back to the beach and retrieved our car. What a great way to walk 4 miles (starting at Easton Beach)!
Written September 5, 2020
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chrish574
Burbank, CA163 contributions
We enjoyed a wonderful walk on a gorgeous day! We only a short section in the middle (we parked on Naragansett Street near 40 steps. That was just right for us! Next time I hope to walk the entire path, but I am so thankful that we got to experience it. I purchased the "Cliff Walk" audioguide for a few dollars on the "Newport RI Scenic Drive Tour" app by Action Tour Guide. The audio guide was really interesting for me. I like hearing all the details. Others in my family preferred chatting or quietly taking in the views. There are so many great ways to enjoy the cliff walk. Also-- we did it with a baby stroller (we did need to carry the stroller down the steps a few times.)
Written June 25, 2021
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Lydia J
Astoria, NY2 contributions
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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Jodi
Springboro, OH17 contributions
This was a nice long walk (about 2 1/2 hours) along the shore line viewing the homes. I would do hit again. There were parts though that were a little challenging as there was no path and very large rocks. I am 60 and in good athletic shape. A younger person would have no problem but older persons would struggle
Written May 3, 2022
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL2,856 contributions
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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