Newport Cliff Walk

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Emily O'Donnell

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.5 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

2 Hours


We headed up Memorial Blvd to the start of the Cliff walk where signs warn you of steep cliffs and give you some information about the Cliff Walk.

 When we got about ¾ of a mile in, we arrived at Narragansett Ave. Here they have the “Forty Steps”, a dramatic stone staircase that drops about 2/3 of the way down the side of the cliff to a balcony overlooking the sea. From Narragansett Ave to Ruggles Ave we had the beautiful blue water on our left and the stunning mansions of the Gilded Age on our right. 

 Up to this point, the trail has been a nicely paved sidewalk-like path, but due to the blizzards and hurricanes, the walk was closed from Ruggles Ave to Ledge Road. A sign had been erected along with a flimsy piece of plywood that people easily squeezed behind. The rest of the Cliff Walk became a “go at your own risk”. From there on, we encountered collapsed and missing sidewalks, dirt paths and large well-placed rocks. We also encountered a fun but kind of creepy tunnel underneath the Chinese Tea House which is part of the Alva Vanderbuilt Belmont’s Marble House circa 1914. It was a peculiar sight to see among all the French inspired mansions. We encountered a second tunnel about a quarter of a mile further at Gull Rock. It was smaller and gave the illusion of dropping straight into the Atlantic Ocean!

 From there on the walk was very rough and started to open fully to the great Atlantic. There was much scrambling over large rocks and bits of debris. 

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Newport Cliff Walk

Memorial Blvd
Newport, RI, 02840
41.485354, -71.297879

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