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The Cliff Walk

Marine Ave, Bellmont Beach, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 USA

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Newport’s Cliff Walk overlooks the ocean on one side and the backyards of some of the country’s most gorgeous mansions on the other. Even if you’ll never inhabit a Gilded Age mansion of your own, you can at least feel like an heiress for a moment as you walk along the rocky Rhode Island coast.

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“Ocean views and gilded age splendor”

Take in ocean views and gilded age splendor as you stroll along the Cliff Walk in Newport. This scenic 3.5-mile path winds along the rocky shoreline and passes by some of the most stunning mansions and estates of the Gilded Age, such as The Breakers and Marble House. Enjoy the salty sea breeze and the sound of crashing waves as you explore the opulence of Newport's past. The Cliff Walk is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Rhode Island and a chance to step back in time.

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Reviewed by
Mitch Oliver

  • 221 Reviews
  • 104 Helpful
July 08, 2014
Rated 4.0

The Cliff Walk is beautiful. My wife and I walked the entire length on our honeymoon. It takes you along the back-side of some of the mansions, notably the Breakers. I love climbing over rocks, so the challenging areas were a blast. Be warned, however, that there are no bathrooms along the Cliff Walk, and none for quite a ways when you reach the southern beach at the end of it. There is a point where you are warned that it is about to get more difficult, I highly recommend you take a break and find a bathroom before you continue, because there is no escape from that point forward.

12 people found this review helpful

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CaitArmstrong

  • 9 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
June 25, 2015
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You can download an app to guide you as you walk http://www.citimaps.com/newport/newport-sights-attractions/cliffwalk/

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sandra.russell

  • 14 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 16, 2018
Rated 5.0

They sell tours to this attraction, but we just walked along ourselves. It's a really easy, mostly flat walk, with a few stairs here and there. Even the parts they warn you about are pretty easy. The rocky part is flat and sturdy, so don't be afraid unless you have difficultly walking. They have bathrooms at one point on the walk only.

2 people found this review helpful

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KitchenBich

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 22, 2020
Rated 5.0

So so pretty! Parking is weird but can be achieved. The walk is 1/4 mile one direction or 2 miles the other direction. Great for sunset!

1 person found this review helpful

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Lesli Peterson

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April 12, 2023
Rated 5.0

The Cliff Walk is a public access trail that winds around the eastern shore of Newport, Rhode Island. In 1975, the Cliff Walk was recognized as the United States 65th National Recreational Trail.

Most of the 3.5-mile trail is accessible, but about one-third of it takes hikers over the rugged and rocky Atlantic shoreline. If you choose to engage with the rougher part of the trail, be aware that there are 70-foot drops and areas where rock scrambling is required.

Visiting The Cliff Walk is a must when visiting Newport, RI!

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hustlinhuntress

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June 10, 2021
Rated 5.0

Absolutely beautiful. Nice trail and gorgeous houses.

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jpp1026

  • 36 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 09, 2019
Rated 5.0

Great views walking along here

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August 12, 2018
Rated 5.0

Fantastic views.

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August 12, 2018
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous views.

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  • 4 Reviews
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July 08, 2018
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Look for signs that say “ the breakers”. For parking

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The Cliff Walk

Marine Ave
Bellmont Beach
Newport, Rhode Island
02840 USA
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