One of Newport Rhode Island’s top attractions is 3.5 mile Cliff Walk, with a National Recreation Trail designation. National Geographic Traveler selected Cliff Walk as one of the ’50 places of a Lifetime’. Its allure is its route along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean.
A majority of the 3.5-mile trail is paved with long windings footpaths, tunnels, with beautiful views along the way. The southern end of the trail along the New England rocky shoreline is unpaved and rugged but with the most incredible views.
The section known as Forty Steps is a stone staircase leading downward to the rocks. It is challenging but worth the effort. Be prepared, no restrooms or services are along the trail. Parts of the walkway were eroded away by Superstorm Sandy of October 2012, and under current repair.
The cliff walk runs from Bailey’s Beach in the south to the western end of First Beach. Public access points are available from Bellevue Avenue, Ledge Road, Marine Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Sheppard Avenue, Webster Street, and Narragansett Avenue.
In addition to the scenic views of nature it trail passes behind many of Newport’s famous ‘gilded mansions’, Astor’s Beechwood, Ochre Court, Marble House, and Rosecliff. A bridge spans over an open chasm at Rough Point.
Newport RI is an east coast seaside city in Rhode Island of 24,672 population. It is 61 miles south of Boston, and 23 miles from Providence RI. Distinctions of the city are its famous Newport mansions, and a summer resort town. It is the location for the United State Naval War College, naval Undersea Warfare Center and a U.S. Navy training center.
As an 18th century port city is has some of the highest number of colonial buildings surviving in the US. The city was designated a nationally recognized Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Newport Bridge is New England’s longest suspension bridge across the East Passage of the Narragansett connecting Newport with neighboring Conanicut Island.
Fort Adams State Park is west of the Cliff Walk. It is at the mouth of the Newport Harbor with expansive views of the Newport Harbor and East Passage of Narragansett Bay. It offers many outdoor activities with summer concerts making a memorable experience.
Benton Point State Park is south of Fort Adams State Park at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It offers visitors spectacular views for great picnicking, hiking and fishing.
Newport RI is a 6 ½ hour drive of 419 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east past Albany into Massachusetts. Continue to Worcester then route 146 to Providence RI. Proceed southeast on US 195 and exit onto route 114 into Newport.
Here is one of many visitor rave reviews of their hike.
“The Cliff Walk is beautiful. It's a lovely stroll and provides your eyeballs with delicious views.”