newport cliff walk
Craving serenity? Newport's enchanting 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is the perfect place for your moment of peace. Panoramic ocean views, crashing waves and the perfect amount of sea breeze on one side and stunning, century-old, Gilded Age mansions on the other; heaven is a place on earth. Download the official Cliff Walk Commission's map here.
cliff walk entrances
Discover the popular entry points below. For more detailed information on location and parking availability explore the official Cliff Walk map linked above.
The Cliff Walk starts on Memorial Boulevard at the western end of Easton's/ First Beach, public parking is available at the beach.
Enter the Cliff Walk at Narragansett Avenue for convenient parking, access to public restrooms and to visit the iconic 40-steps.
Webster Street, a major exit just between the 40-steps and Salve Regina University's campus.
Enter on Ruggles Avenue, take a left for a quick trip to the Breaker's viewing platform, or take a right for a short walk to Belmont Beach, a small natural beach with a touch of rough terrain and panoramic ocean views.
Enter on Wetmore/Marine Avenue for access to Belmont Beach. Up for a challenge? Take a right and head towards Ledge Road for a touch of rugged terrain (especially at Rough Point.)
Ledge Road, sometimes mistaken for the end of the Cliff Walk, continue's on rocky terrain until you reach the east end of Bailey's Beach, locally called "Reject's Beach".
The Cliff Walk ends on Bellevue Avenue at the east end of Bailey's Beach, locally called "Reject's Beach."
Is there an entrance fee?
Heart-stopping views like this are priceless. Cliff Walk is free and open to the public.
When can I visit?
Cliff Walk is accessible daily, sunrise to sunset.
Where should I park?
Metered parking (from May 1-October 31) is available at:
Memorial Boulevard at Easton’s Beach ($2/hour, 3-hour limit). Payment via credit card, dollars or coins.
Narragansett Avenue at 40 Steps ($1.25/hour, 3-hour limit). Enter license plate in machine and payment via credit card, dollars or coins.
Note: Free metered parking November 1-April 30, hour limits may apply.
How long is Cliff Walk?
In its entirety, Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles long.
Where are public restrooms located?
Public restrooms are located at Narragansett Avenue at 40 Steps and remain open seasonally during daylight hours. Easton’s Beach also has restrooms open seasonally.
Are dogs allowed?
Your BFF is going to love it here, but they must be leashed and picked-up after.
Which areas have more rough terrain?
The path from Belmont Beach to Reject’s Beach is more challenging, with uneven terrain and certain segments requiring mild rock climbing. As with most things, the harder you work, the bigger the reward. Make your way across moderately challenging terrain for coastal views unlike anywhere else.
Which sections are best for an easy stroll?
The northern half of Cliff Walk begins at Memorial Boulevard just before Easton's Beach and continues south with entrances at Narragansett Avenue by Forty Steps, Webster Street, Shepard Avenue and Ruggles Avenue. This is often considered the easiest portion to traverse, with paved pathways and a flat terrain making a walk, jog or run feel attainable to the average person.
What is the best entrance for strollers or persons with disabilities?
The Cliff Walk is paved and has no steps between the northernmost entrance at Memorial Boulevard and the Narragansett Avenue entrance at 40 Steps. Please note the width and grade of the paved path varies and in places it does not meet ADA standards.
I don’t have a lot of time. What’s the best section to visit?
Park your car at Narragansett Avenue and journey to Ruggles Avenue to experience the essence of Cliff Walk along with iconic sites like The Breakers, Salve Regina University and Ochre Court.
What is the Cliff Walk information line?
The new Cliff Walk information line is (401) 845-5544.