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Cliff Walk free

Newport, RI | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at the either Easton's Beach or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach.

Though the views are gorgeous, the terrain can get treacherous on the trail's southern end. One TripAdvisor user warns: "If you intend to walk the entire length of the trail … wear sneakers or some type of walking shoes … At least half of the trail is rocky and/or narrow." Another Yelp.com user warns that in summer, "Be careful as mid-day will get very hot and it's not near any places to get a drink or where there is a lot of shade."

You'll find the Cliff Walk on the shore of Easton Bay between Memorial Boulevard and Bailey's Beach. The trail is open year-round from sunrise to sunset, with parking at First Beach or the Narragansett Avenue entrance. For more information, including maps of the north and south legs check out the trails website, provided by Newport's Friends of the Waterfront.

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