Along the eastern shore of Newport on popular Easton's Beach, you'll find a world-famous, 3.5-mile-long public access path that showcases the best of Rhode Island's architecture, geology, and wildlife. Some parts of the Cliff Walk are smooth and stroller friendly, while others are rugged and even dangerous (abrupt 70-foot drops hide just a few feet from the trail, and treacherous areas may be obscured by weeds and bushes).

As the walk passes through the National Historic District, you'll see some of the city's notable mansions on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The North End is the only area accessible by strollers or wheelchairs, and it's the safest place for small children. Stick to the section between Ruggles and Narraganset Avenues—you'll know you're there when you reach the Forty Steps section (which is just what you'd imagine). – Meagan Francis

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Family Review of Cliff Walk

Away Travel Expert: Meagan Francis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 0 - 2 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • For detailed maps with information about safety and conditions, visit
  • Walkers only please: No bicycles are allowed on the Cliff Walk.
  • Watch out for poison ivy in some of the heavily vegetated areas of the walk.

Memorial Blvd.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Parking: Sunrise to sunset

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 401-847-6875
Neighborhood: Cliffwalk
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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