Is it just me, or is the The Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., the best coastal walk in New England?
Other than Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine and Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic ocean side stroll at a New England location that doesn’t require driving several hours to the middle of nowhere.
This free recreation trail indeed affords many spectacular beach, ocean, cliff side and Newport mansion views along the eastern shore. The first 3/8 miles of this designated National Recreation Trail within a National Historic District are well-paved, with about 2/3 of the walk being a rather easy one. Beyond the well-paved area, however, please be careful! The Cliff Walk Web Site states that on the public right-of-way over private property, “just a couple of feet from the path are abrupt drops of over 70 feet.”
The total time of the walk for a person in good shape is about two-and-half-hours. We personally like to walk the 3/8 of a mile. You get a good walk in, and certainly will experience enough outstanding scenic ocean views!
People run and jog on the well-paved area, but we feel that walking is best. By taking the slower pace, you simply have the chance to appreciate every scenic step of this fabulous Rhode Island coastal travel attraction.
Along the way, the sight of The Breakers — one of the most famous Newport mansions — makes for a memorable part of The Cliff Walk experience.
Summer is the most popular time to visit, but spring shines with its spectacular daffodil displays brilliantly juxtaposed with the sea.
The walk begins at Eastern or First Beach at Memorial Blvd., with parking at First Beach or Narragansett Ave. For more information on the Cliff Walk, log onto The Cliff Walk Web Site. We strongly recommend visiting this web site to get familiar with the area before embarking on this wonderful coastal Rhode Island hike.
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