Cliff Walk

MODERATE 179 reviews

Cliff Walk is a 6.7 mile moderately 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

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.

4 days ago

My teenage daughter and I had a great time on Cliff Walk. Highly recommend !

5 days ago

Beautiful walk only did a small portion of the walk. Still worth it

walking
8 days ago

Great walk with beautiful views

hiking
10 days ago

This is our favorite walk! If this isn't a 5 star walk, I don't know what would be

walking
13 days ago

Beautiful walk on a Tuesday morning! Did the traditional route starting at Easton’s Beach and only passed about 15 people on the entire cliff walk (and all were going in the opposite direction). I would definitely say this is on the very easy end of moderate- they only remotely difficult part is that last 1/2 mike or so where you do have to scramble on some rocks, but it’s nothing too crazy and as long as you are paying attention to what you are doing it’s pretty easy. The sign at the beginning of the walk says it will take 2.5 hours for just the 3.5 miles one way of the walk, but I did the cliff walk and the entire walk back up Bellevue to my car in 2.5 hours (about 7 miles) with plenty of stops. Highly recommended if you want some fresh air and amazing views!

hiking
14 days ago

Do it every time I’m there. Different seasons are a must. If you want to do most strenuous and have less people do it “backwards”. Start at Reject’s beach. You can work hard at the beginning then relax and look at mansions at the end.

walking
25 days ago

Loved this walk. I went in May on a beautiful day. Beautiful views of the water and rocky shoreline. Fresh air and daffodils. Perfect walk to bring your dog on. Water fountain and restrooms mid way through. Can get a little crowded especially if a tour bus is around, but there are benches to sit and relax. May is a great time to go because you can park for free at Easton's Beach (locals call it First Beach) and just walk a block or so up to the entrance. Would do again.

1 month ago

Great trail! Beautifully kept and maintained. I highly recommend wearing hiking shoes or shoes with good traction for the points where you need to traverse rocks. I did the walk in the rain and it was a.o.k. Only critique would be that there are few trash cans. But they do provide dog poo bags and they're good ones, too!

1 month ago

Definitely not for the beginner, although there are spots to bail out,if it gets too hard for you .Enjoyed it thoroughly.

walking
1 month ago

SO beautiful, and not so "hard" if you don't venture to the unpaved rocky section. Great place to visit.

walking
4 months ago

Wonderful walk any time of the year!

6 months ago

I went yesterday and saw no more than 20 people, as it was a tad cold. Great views. Mostly paved with some rockier areas, thus I'd recommend hiking boots to do the entirety of the trail.

walking
6 months ago

Can't get better for ocean views. Beautiful.

walking
7 months ago

If you haven’t done this “hike” you absolutely should. Beautiful ocean scenery backed by Newport’s famous mansions make it one of the most romantic walking excursions in New England.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views on this trail.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful path that includes impressive ocean views and famous mansions while you walk along the rugged rocky shoreline. Make sure you bring a camera and sneakers!

walking
9 months ago

Lovely walk by the sea and historic homes..nice afternoon stroll.

9 months ago

This hike is easy by all means, but still has beautiful views. There is a concrete paved path for the majority of the hike and is heavily populated with tourists. In my opinion the only thing really making it worth while was the "off limits" trails where you could actually climb down the cliffs and go to the water and get some gorgeous views away from the crowds.

trail running
9 months ago

I started at panera bread, up to cliff walk then to ocean drive and back to panera bread, does anyone know the distance of the ocean drive? It took me 3 hours walking and running. A fantastic work out!

9 months ago

A gorgeous hike along the coastal rocks, located close to both the mansions and downtown.

walking
9 months ago

Easy/Relaxing trail with a little bit of rock scrambling in certain parts so be sure to wear sneakers or comfortable shoes. Plenty of rocks to climb off the trail to just sit back & take in the ocean views. The cliff walk is a must do if you're ever in the Newport area. If I every go back I plan to do it again!

10 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent walk with ocean views and mansion views trail well maintained some rocky portions though easily passed. Bring your water mostly in the sun.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views and most of the path is maintained and easy. However, there were a number of spots where you had to travel over rocks and granite, so wear appropriate shoes.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail overall with unparalleled ocean views on one side and majestic mansions on the other. It would have been a 5 stars had overgrown bushes been trimmed to allow hikers an easy passage.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

gorgeous trail. Ocean on one side, mansions on the other. what's not to like?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful views of the coast and mansions but this is def not a hard hike. Kids can do it easily. No climbing of rocks, just casually walking on cliffs (when the road isn't paved).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beautiful! A must-do when in Newport. Gorgeous views of the sea and the mansions. Interesting rocks as well. Approximately 3 hour walk with minimal stopping to admire the scenery. Will definitely do it again!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I highly recommend! It is a beautiful walk and hike along beautiful Newport RI coast along cliffs. Beautiful views and sights! Wonderful views of Newport mansions as well! Be aware that parts of this walk become very difficult and even dangerous. There is a walking path but it is not continuous along entire route. In between the various stretches of walking path you have to walk over rocks that can be tough. The walking path can be picked up at multiple points. The entire full hike took me 3-4 hours round trip. This hike is definitely worth checking out!!!

walking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

This path is labeled hard because the last third of it is quite rocky, unpaved and wild. Though it is by the shore, so I'd say if you were to "do the whole thing" as locals say, I'd say it's Moderately difficult not hard. The first two thirds is paved, near lots and lots of fancy home of dead and living rich people, so there are quite a few tourists a foot. Come off season though and it's lovely.

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