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Cliff Walk, Newport

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Hiking Trail
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Cliff Walk is a 5.6 km (3.5 mi) public access walkway that takes you along Newport’s shoreline. The walk is famous for its views, which combine some of the area’s most famous Gilded Age mansions with the striking natural beauty of the rugged coast. Though the majority of the walk is paved, the south end is not, and you will have to scramble on some rocks. It is important to wear walking shoes and tread carefully, as the fine sand that coats the rocks can make them slippery. Bring a bottle of water with you. Work out when and for how long to visit Cliff Walk and other Newport attractions using our handy Newport road trip website.
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  • 3.5 mile one way Beautiful free mostly paved with a bench here and there trail overlooking the sea! incredible peaceful lovely! Nothing like it anywhere else! Thank you Newport! 
    3.5 mile one way Beautiful free mostly paved with a bench here and there trail overlooking the sea! incredible peaceful lovely! Nothing like it anywhere else! Thank you Newport!  more »
  • The Cliff Walk provides awesome views of the Ocean and some the Mansions of Newport. Finding a place to park near the Cliff Walk on a Sunday afternoon was bit of a challenge. We could not find a spot....  more
    The Cliff Walk provides awesome views of the Ocean and some the Mansions of Newport. Finding a place to park near the Cliff Walk on a Sunday afternoon was bit of a challenge. We could not find a spot....  more »
  • Such a beautiful thing to do, some sections of the paths are more accessible than others, don't foret to do the 40 stairs. 
    Such a beautiful thing to do, some sections of the paths are more accessible than others, don't foret to do the 40 stairs.  more »
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  • Wear closed toe shoes! Amazing unless you're too worried about losing your footing/breaking something because you wore sandals. Absolutely gorgeous views and not terribly strenuous. Though, anyone with mobility restrictions might want to stick to the paved portion. At which point, any footwear will suffice. :)
  • Beautiful walk. I’d definitely recommend if you have never done it before. I went expecting to see all the beautiful houses, which I did, but you can’t see all of them very well. Possibly because some of the houses are occupied and for privacy. Which I totally get! It’s a very popular walk. There are a few that you can walk on to the grounds and see closer up. But a majority of them have high fences and plants in front of those fences which makes it hard to see the houses. The walk in general is beautiful. And id go again just to walk it and see the views of the opposite side of the cliff walk.
  • This walk was so refreshing and breath taking. The awesome view of the ocean and rocks inspired us to keep walking further. The constant sound of the sea water breaking on the rocks, the sight and sound of the birds all contributed to a peaceful stroll.
  • This great walking trail might be 3.5 miles in total, but with plenty of street exits along its windy path along the cliff it can be enjoyed in smaller chunks. Currently there are parts being repaired, as a sizeable piece eroded and was swept away by the ocean, so you can only get so far either way. But what you can walk is still very enjoyable.
  • Great experience and views. Most of it iseasily walkable but hilly. One area is all large rocks which were dry and fairly easy to navigate. Something you must do when there.

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