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Cliff Walk is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newport, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 324 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

No shade

City walk

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Backyard views of the famous mansions to one side, a beautiful rocky coastline to the other Would you call a home with 70 rooms a cottage? If not, you're obviously not Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The Breakers, the "summer cottage" of the 19th-century multimillionaire, is one of a dozen mansions in Newport that are now by far the city's top attractions. Many of the homes are open to the public for tours, giving you a peek into the lives of the privileged. For a view of the mansions from the backyards, take the Cliff Walk, which runs south along Newport's cliffs from Easton's Beach (also called First Beach) to Bailey's Beach. The promenade has views of opulent mansions on one side and the rocky coastline on the other; walking any section of it is worth the effort.

Visit Fodors.com to plan your trip to Newport http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/rhode-island/newport-county/ Newport Preservation Society (Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House) http://wwww.newportmansions.org Astors' Beechwood http://www.astorsbeechwood.com Newport Restoration Foundation (Rough Point) http://www.newportrestoration.org

The 3 1/2-mile Cliff Walk can be accessed from any road running east off Bellevue Avenue. The unpaved sections can be difficult for small children, strollers, and people with mobility problems.

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Recordings (517)
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M B.
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Hiking
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Cherrie Weisel
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Hiking

Beautiful views but part of it was walking next to privacy fences so you can’t see the mansions.

Ekaterina Oliinechuk
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Road bikingNo shade

Beautiful view, highly recommend come before sunrise.

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Stefanie LaPierre
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HikingRocky

Gorgeous views. One you get to the rocky part the crowd gets much smaller and it becomes quite peaceful.

Jason Taddeo
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Wife and I completed this on the Thursday before July 4. Started at 8:30 AM. Not crowded at all. Things started to pick up on our way back. We are both in decent shape and it took us 2 hours 40 minutes TOTAL, starting at Easton Beach, hiking down and back. This includes taking a lot of pictures and a few stops along the way. Bailey's Beach at the end is a great lunch spot before turning back.

Trisha Harris
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Hiking

Beautiful! You can even go swimming at 40 Steps! Ran out of daylight to go all the way unfortunately

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Ben Mc
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Walking

a good walk along the mansions and water. fairly crowded on spots especially the areas where are just stones to walk. numbers along the path are to report your position if an emergency.

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Taylor Rubino
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Hiking

Easy trail with great views!

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Alex B.
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Hiking

Long walk along the coast. Very pretty, but did it on July 4 during COVID, so unfortunately was very crowded.

Nutza H
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HikingGreat!No shade

Beautiful hike, worthy, but better to go in the morning, when are less people and is not so hot. There is no shade and Sunscreen is important. For me this trail is more easy than moderate.

Cam Nguyen
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The first half of the walk along the ocean was very easy, the path is mostly paved. there are some steps to climb. be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes with good traction to traverse the rocky trail presented closer to the end of the trail. beautiful scenery. Approaching the end of the trail is a very rewarding scene of a beautiful beach, which reminds me of the Caribbean. It did make me feel like I was in the caribbean. Proceed toward the beautiful beach, there he was, a guard, protecting the entrance of the beach from intruders. I was bummed out that I didn't get to feel what seemed like soft white sand beneath my feet. but the walk was very worth it. I'd say its an easy to moderate hike. Beware: wear protective clothing and wear your sunscreen. don't forget to reapply! parked my car at the easton beach parking lot. $25 on a beautiful, breezy, and Sunny Saturday. there is a bathroom at the parking lot. also one in the beginning of the trail. have fun and enjoy the round-trip of 6.6 miles!

Aggie Solej
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HikingOff trailRocky

Cliff Walk is one of my favorite places to go! I took my 5 and 8 year old through the whole walk, but they are experienced hikers. Great shoes a must, since it gets very rocky and slippery. But the views are breathtaking! I highly recommend! Even if you only do parts of it.

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Nicole Wetmore
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Always a family favorite!

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Alysa S.
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Imeh Zepol
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A very challenging trail but all worthit...

Cathy Kelson
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Hiking

Beautiful walk along the coastline and fun to climb rocks along the way.

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Izzy Post
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Hiking

Love this trail... have something for everyone- just plan for the trip back as well! The further you get the less exits off the trail there are!

Mossy Bradley
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Hiking

Very nice trail - only a few parts are difficult because of rocks but really minimal. Beach at the end of trail is not dog friendly but we snuck in a few dips.

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Valerie Walker
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This trail has so my hair variety between the paved and rockier parts. It seems pretty crowded closer to the starting points, but is much less so on the more scenic rocky paths after about 1 mile in. It’s a great home if you want to see the ocean, make a stop for a picnic, or get more sun than you would on a traditional wooded trail. My dog loves it too!

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Kayley Ellis
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Joe C
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Walking

This was a great walk. Park on one of the side streets by Salve Regina and walk over. It also is an okay one for a stroller if you don't mind carrying it up a few small flights of stairs.

Connor Devlin
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Cold as frosty the snowman’s balls out. Other than that, a classic cliff walk with the scenes of grandeur that one has come to expect in beautiful town of Newport.

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Mitchell Krieger
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HikingRocky

Most of the path is paved, and you get a great view of the ocean and diverse, exquisite mansions. I mostly enjoyed the trail on the most southern tip, where it becomes rocky and offbeat. It is challenging, but approachable. You can really explore the rocky shore and find a quiet spot to sit and reflect and watch the waves for a while. It’s a must-do activity while in Newport!

samka duric
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Hiking

This place is my favorite of all- I can’t explain how much I love this place. I’ve been out and saw lot of beautiful places but this is by far number 1 for me.

Barbara Cawley
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3 of us did a 7.1 mile loop from our Newport Inn including the Cliff Walk. By the time we got back to the Inn we were all pretty glad! It was a gorgeous day, not too much mud on the trail, but glad it wasn’t as breezy as the day before. The trail has something for everyone - a good portion is well-groomed for those who find walking a challenge, but also has more difficult areas with rock hopping and scrabbling too (Rough Point is appropriately named). A must while in Newport.

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