Well, the spectacular mansions were the main reason I wanted to visit Newport so walking along the rocky shoreline and seeing these homes up close was one of the highlights of my trip. You won't have any trouble finding the Cliff Walk. Just drive up Bellevue Avenue and follow the signs. You can park your car at no cost along the side of the road. We didn't walk the entire length of the Cliff Walk, but I imagine doing so would require a few hours. We started at the Breakers (the most famous of the mansions) and headed north passing Salve Regina College and the Forty Steps near Narragansett Avenue. Heading south might actually be even more interesting as you'll pass the Chinese Tea House on your way to Land's End at the far south.
Walking along these gorgeous seaside cliffs provides spectacular views of the seashore and of the impressive mansions of many of New England's rich and famous. Anyone who saw the movie Reversal of Fortune (about Klaus von Bulow, the doctor accused of poisoning his wife) will recognize this place.
The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 miles walking journey. The best part about it is...it's free! All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and perhaps a bottle of water. When I went I also brought along camera. While the start is technically at Memorial Beoulevard there are several areas where you can pick up along the walk.
It is great on nice days to walk along and see the ocean as well as the views of the mansion grounds. One note however is that the cliff walk does get a bit more difficult as it goes along. Some parts of it are smooth while others are all large bouldars and they say at the start that you proceed at your own risk. Also do be on the look out for posion ivy.
One thing to look for is the Forty steps on Narragansett Ave. There are also plenty of other interesting sites along the way.
The manmade draws a distinct line between what mother nature built along these shores. The cliff walk hovers along the space where water meets land and traces the coastline straight down to a stretch of a open beach of sand. Many Newporter's were taking advantage of waters and hauling out like seals, they would swim to rock portrusions to sit in accomplishment. Heave the glory of "MISSION COMPLETE".
If you come to Newport one thing you must do is check out the Cliff Walk. It sits just above 1st 'Eastons' Beach. It's a 4.5 mile path that runs along side the ocean. On the other side is the Newport Mansions. The view to either side is impressive. About half of the path is paved while the other half is more dirt and large rocks. Depending on what you're looking for in a hike, you can find either here. There are also several enterances you can access the cliff walk from, so if you don't what to do it all in one day, it could be broken into several stretches.
The Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI
is a world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shore line with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age.
The Preservation Society of Newport presents the famous Historical Mansions of Newport.Included here are The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms and more.
From 1824 to 1950 Fort Adams housed generations of
our solders, today it still stands ready for your enjoyment.
Cliff Walk.Begins at Memorial Blv. Picturesque walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining many famous Newport summer mansion. Designated a National Recreation Trail in 1975.