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Cliff Walk, Newport

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Historic Walking Area
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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  • Take an hour or so and go walk along the cliff walk. Such a unique view of the area and to walk along the mansions is beautiful. I would go early it does get busy as the day goes on.  more »
  • More than half of this trail is over rocks. Anything but sneakers or hiking shoes would be unsafe. The ocean view is beautiful and the breeze made the hike enjoyable. Many of the homes were blocked by...  more »
  • Fabulous walk, wear solid shoes for the couple of stretches of uneven rock. Most of it is easy going. Go early, it gets warm in the sun. Not to be done in the dark!  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...
  • Beautiful scenery. Narrow path at some points and there are a few stairs (about 6, here and there), but most is well paved or packed trail and easy to walk.
  • Amazing and wonderful views of the sea! It is a good oportunity to see some mansions.
  • 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.