If you’re looking for arguably the most spectacular 3.5 mile walk in America, you won’t want to miss the Cliff Walk , which runs along the eastern shore in Newport.
The Cliff Walk combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport’s Gilded Age, as it skirts the backyards of the famous mansions. Much of it is easy walking, although at times you will need to watch your footing, as abrupt drops of over 70 feet are sometimes only a few well-disguised feet from the path. Parts of the southern half of the walk are a rough trail over the natural and rugged New England shoreline, which may necessitate hopping from rock to rock. They also warn of poison ivy.
But don’t be intimidated. About a quarter million people follow New England’s first-ever National Recreation Trail every year. You can’t beat the view – or the pricetag: it’s a freebie. This will leave you plenty of money for tours of the Mansions (well worth a visit: www.newportmansions.org), and all the other things that Newport is famous for.
Newport’s Easton’s Beach Parking Lot, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI
Narragansett Ave and Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840