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Cliff Walk, Newport

(4.7/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Add Cliff Walk to your Newport travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Newport vacation trip planner.
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  • We left from the east beach near the Chandlers and had a fantastic walk again. The back yards of the large mansions on one side and a beautiful steep & rocky coast on the other make for a great walk. ...  more »
  • The walk is beautiful, even in January. The mansions are behind you as you look at the Atlantic. There is access to various streets from the walk , so you can walk on the campus of Salve Regina. You c...  more »
  • I've done the cliff walk a few times-once in the heat of summer and I almost got heat stroke ( I wasn't wearing a hat, wasn't hydrated). Luckily there's a lady that sets up with a cooler near one of t...  more »
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  • The cliff walk is quite nice with some beautiful views, but the 'cliffs' are at best 10-15ft above sea level for most of the walk. It also can be pretty crowded in the area North of The Breakers mansion, where it is mostly a smooth concrete walkway. The path is narrow, and a serious hiker finds her-/himself often 'trapped' behind larger groups of folks strolling along at a very relaxed pace, in particular when walking from North to South. It reminded of a walk through a crowded mall at times. South of The Breakers, more and more stretches of unpaved, bare and sometimes rather steep rocks or muddy trails are interspersed. Once the stream of people heading South reaches the first unpaved stretches, all those folks with unsuitable footwear and little children have to literally scramble and crawl over the rocks to reach the next trail exit (there are only a few) and most walk back through the streets. For these reasons, the most spectacular and fun areas of the walk near the tip of the peninsula are also the most peace- and joyful for more serious hikers. I therefore recommend to start at the Southern tip of the peninsula, and walk against the stream of people. Oh, the paved parts of the cliff walk seem to be under constant construction. It can happen that one has to leave the path and walk for a couple of blocks through the town, in particular in the Northern areas. Another nuisance were a rather unusually high number of dog poop piles in many unpaved areas. This and the sometimes tricky climb over the rocks require to watch your steps...
  • Good place to have relaxing walk with family or friends. Nice place to jog or run, as well, with beautiful scenery around you!
  • Amazeball views. We went during the fall and it was still spectacular, despite some rain. We wish we had the opportunity to walk/bike the whole trail; the little piece of trail we had time for was awesome.
  • Its a nice long walk take a lot of water don't drink cause you never know who is a police officer
  • Great place for a relaxing stroll on paved roads. Awesome views. The last stretch is rocky. Very enjoyable.