Cliff Walk is known as one of the world’s most famous public access walking trails.
Located in Newport, this National Recreation Trail offers awesome views of nature’s beauty and the architectural history of the gilded age, including Rosecliff, The Breakers, and Marble House.
When to Walk
This free, dog-friendly trail is open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. It’s approximately 3.5 miles long, and more than half is rated easy for most walkers.
To get there, you can either park at First Beach on Memorial Boulevard or along Narragansett Avenue. Both parking areas are close to the trail’s entrance. Public bathroom facilities are located at the Narragansett Avenue entrance.
On your return trip, you may want to hop on the RIPTA Trolley, or walk north to Bellevue Avenue.
The walk typically starts at the western end of Easton’s or First Beach located on Memorial Boulevard, and runs south to Narragansett Avenue, Webster Street, Sheppard Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Mariane Avenue, and Ledge Road, ending at Bellevue Avenue at the start of Ocean Drive.
Once walkers reach the end at Bellevue Avenue there is a local beach called Reject’s Beach where you can take a dip — weather permitting!
If you’re just wanting to make a quick visit to the Cliff Walk, some of the best sites can be enjoyed between Narragansett and Ruggles Avenues.
What to Bring
When hiking, remember to pack water and snacks to keep you fueled. Also, wearing the right clothes and shoes for the weather will make your experience much more enjoyable.
Considering that some of the walk is unpaved, plan on wear good walking or hiking shoes to provide more comfort and support when walking across the more “rugged” parts of the hike.
Be Alert and Have Fun!
Some of the rougher parts of the trail are located on the southern half of the walk, south of Ruggles Avenue. This section may be challenging for some, but if you take your time and stay alert, you shouldn’t face any problems.
Open 365 days of the year, Cliff Walk is the perfect hiking trail for any go-getter. Plus, our inn is located just a stone’s throw away. So if you decide to stay with us, you can cap off your day of exploration in luxury. We hope to see you soon!
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