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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  • Wherenext14
    4 contributions
    Incredible views!
    Though cold, it was an amazing walk! We went from end to end - stopping to enjoy the views and the snacks we brought with us. Most was not difficult to walk, but climbing on the rocks was a little challenging (though NOT impossible) - would not recommend in the rain. :) Going on this walk in December was a unique experience . Trail not crowded at all.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 10, 2022
  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,634 contributions
    Walk the Cliff Walk
    This is a must-do in Newport. We only walked part of it but totally enjoyed the time there. Beautiful coastal scenery and a relaxing walk from near the Chanler House to the Forty Steps. It was blocked off from there and we did not look for alternative routes. Took the free trolley #67 back to downtown. All very easy.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 26, 2022
  • John41354
    Kinnelon, New Jersey189 contributions
    A delightful walk with great views.
    My wife and I hiked the entire cliff walk from end to end on a very cold and windy day that actually made it better. The walk starts off relatively easy on smooth pavement. There are a few places that you are walking on top of concise broken rock and a few places where ice had formed. The walk had great views of the different parts of Newport and across the bay to other towns. You will not get a good view of but a couple of the mansions but that is not what we were looking for. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes if you plan on walking the entire length and very warm cloths as the wind coming off the ocean drops the temperature by 10 to 20°.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 30, 2022
  • Gabe
    Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania15 contributions
    Nice walk along pretty beach
    We’ll worth doing if in the area. It’s about 3.5 miles so be prepared for a good walk. I began where the restrooms are @ 40 steps. I walked to the beach and then back to 40 steps. I didn’t go right at forty steps because they had it closed off so while I didn’t see the whole thing, what I saw gave me a good idea of it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado175 contributions
    Great Walk - do as much or as little as desired
    The cliff walk is a lovely way to view Newport's harbor and the mansions from the back. Much of the path is paved and an easy walk. Pay attention to the signs that say when the path gets moderate or difficult - it's true. There were areas marked that had large rocks to navigate and it made me nervous as I have poor balance, but again, it was marked. I'd suggest parking more near the mid part of the path or the end, as parking near the beginning was full.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • LondonNefertiti
    Greater London, United Kingdom1,414 contributions
    Catch a trolley bus both ways.
    We found it very easy to catcha trolley bus from the bus station in Newport and asked the driver to let us off at the start. On the way back we asked to be dropped off in the centre. The walk is an easy 3.5 mile walk but not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs as there are steps and uneven ground. The path hugs the sea and gives you an opportunity to see the gilt edge mansions of a bye gone age. Explanation boards give an insight into this age but we used the information on our phone from a QR code which gives a lot more information and well worth doing.
    Visited October 2022
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Michael L
    2 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Robert L
    Milford, Connecticut19 contributions
    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, Texas396 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Kathryn M
    Orlando, Florida207 contributions
    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
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,743 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
I walked the entire walk; my wife just did the easier parts. Both of us enjoyed it immensely. The north end from Memorial Blvd. to Narragansett Ave. is very easy, suitable for someone in a wheelchair. The area near the other end from Rough Point to The Waves is fairly strenuous, not recommended for anyone with virtually any mobility issues. That said, I am a healthy 73-year-old and had no difficulties.
There are less views of the Newport Mansions than I might have liked but great views of the coast. And there are some very nice mansion views.
We parked on Narragansett Ave. at 40-steps; parking is $2/hr. On the other hand, parking at the south end is very difficult to find and not close to the Cliff Walk.
Written November 28, 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A pleasant walk, but disappointing. We did the sealed path extent of the walk, not the whole length. We were expecting the views to be better and the walk more interesting. There was not a great deal to see, but we enjoyed the exercise.
Written November 8, 2023
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196LindaC
Mukwonago, WI730 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
A nice walk along the cliff but I was led to believe that there was more to see. This was not the case. We walked along the paved portion of the walk. We probably would have enjoyed it more except it was a chilly day. It was great exercise but again, not much to see.
Written October 29, 2023
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faith840
Fairfax, VA157 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
We went on this walk on a beautiful Sunday last week. We walked from our hotel (Bellevue Manor) down Memorial Avenue (gorgeous street btw with the fall colors) to the Cliff walk entrance at Easton Beach and walked the entire length to the end. The first mile or so was very easy and paved and shortly after you pass The Breakers there are rocky parts but very manageable even wearing regular sneakers. The views are breathtaking! It took us about 2 hours as we made frequent stops to take photos. From the end we walked a couple blocks to Bellevue Avenue and caught the free trolley #67 back to our hotel. Aside from all the great seafood we ate, this was our favorite thing that we did on this trip. Do not miss doing this walk when in Newport!

Tip: The trolley was running every 15 minutes but was very crowded. Some people who got to the bus stop after us could not board. If this happens, cross the street to catch the trolley BEFORE it gets to the end of its route and turns around to ensure a spot.
Written October 27, 2023
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Kathie V
Cultus Lake, Canada78 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Beautiful ocean/ beach views. Well kept trail along the easy green path. Didn't go along the path when it became red/orange difficult path.
Disappointed you couldn't see most of the big mansions.
Written October 25, 2023
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Rashae Williams
Yardley, PA41 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Beautiful views and lovely walking! After some research, I learned that the Easton parking can get pretty expensive, so we ended up parking at Forty Steps and it was only $4! Just parked on the street and paid a meter at the entrance of the walk. The paths were great for stroller friendly families, and when we walked down the steps, we just carried our baby to see the lookout, but others could go down to the cliffs themselves and hike around if desired. It was a beautiful day, not super busy, even in mid-October, and we had a great time.
Written October 21, 2023
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,064 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
What a wonderfully romantic, peaceful way to spend a day. The views of the water are absolutely stunning; we would sometimes stop just to admire the views, and we saw other people doing the same. Parts of the walk were closed off, but there's still plenty to see. Mind your footing, as some of the walk is rocky and can be challenging to maneuver. It gets very busy here, so I would recommend parking a bit farther away and taking one of the free trolleys here.
Written October 20, 2023
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Alicia V
6 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Incredible views. Section closed due to conditions but detour signs well marked. Love seeing the college campus and mansions.
Written October 16, 2023
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alltravellvr
Ohio397 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
As beautiful as advertised, definitely a must do in Newport. We split it up into two parts - North and South and did them on separate days. I think I would have liked better starting on one end and taking our time to the other end. The South end was definitely more difficult footing, but the views were fantastic. One of our friends really struggled with the rocky trail on the south end, so be aware it might not be for everyone. On the far north end, we stopped to have drinks on the Chanler Lawn; it was a great place to take a pause, have a drink, and absorb the view.
Written October 8, 2023
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destany c
Kentucky4 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
I Loved this area. Wish i would have got to explore the whole trail. Part was closed off when we went and there was tons of people. I would still recommend a stop.
Written October 7, 2023
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