Cliff Walk is Newport, Rhode Island's "Best Worst" Kept Secret

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But did you know that it is 3.5 miles long?

 Most visitors to Newport have walked its "Cliff Walk," but how much did they really learn about it?  Cliffwalk, in 1965, was designated the first New England a National Recreation Trail and runs from the east end of Bailey's Beach (locally known as "Rejects Beach," itself a best-kept Newporter's secret) to the western end of First Beach.  This designation is given to trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the U.S.  It is administered by the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service.

Public access points to Cliff Walk are also located at Bellevue Avenue, Ledge Road, Marine Avenue (where there is a small natural beach used by surfers during hurricanes to launch their boards off the "Breakers"), Ruggles Avenue, Sheppard Avenue, Webster Street, and Narragansett Avenue.  Much of the Cliff Walk is paved, although the later portion of the walk has some unpaved sections and paths along its rocky shoreline.  Though a more challenging section, it also offers wonderful views.

Cliff Walk's path takes it behind many of Newport's famous mansions, including Astor's Beechwood, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, and Rough Point, where a bridge is located over an open chasm.

After an energetic walk, stop in at First (Easton's) Beach's carousel, for a ride down memory lane.  Or, have lunch at one of the many fine restaurants in Newport.


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Trish Vasseur, Realtor©  401-556-6548                                  
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Comments (5)

John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

I've been on the walk a few times Trish but I never knew "reject's beach was the name for Bailey's beach.  Always good to get a local perspective.  Good luck this year.

Jan 13, 2014 07:30 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Trish-I have taken Cliff Walk and loved it! Especially being able to see the old estates along the way.

Jan 14, 2014 12:23 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Hello Trish. This sounds like a beautiful walk and has lots of History to absorb. Have a great 2014!

Jan 14, 2014 02:24 AM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

some new info. why is it called rejects beach? 

Jan 14, 2014 09:02 AM
Trish Vasseur
Newport, RI
Newport County Realtor

Reject's Beach is actually at the unwanted portion of Bailey's Beach that its members have ignored.

newport ri beaches

Bailey's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island and Reject's Beach are separated by a fence as well as a rope that goes out into the water. Reject's Beach is a small beach that the typical Newport tourists does not hear about.  No parking is available, and you only can get there by bike or foot.  It is actually at one end of Newport's famous Cliff Walk.


Jan 14, 2014 08:52 PM