Memorial Blvd west of Easton’s (First) Beach, Newport
Starting from Memorial Boulevard, it’s just about 0.6 mile to the Forty Steps where you can head down for a front-and-center look at the surf – and maybe even get splashed a bit! You can turn around here, or continue another half mile or so through a stone archway to the intersection with Ruggles Ave. before you turn around and make your way back to Easton’s Beach.
Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip (with ample opportunity to shorten your hike)
Difficulty: moderate for kids
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 0.7 mile
You might want to bring: layers to shield against the wind
Note: the southern section of the Walk (from Ruggles Ave. to Ocean Ave.) includes anunpaved path; it’s rocky and rugged and requires extra attention.
Get directions or follow ours: From the Newport Pell Bridge, take the first exit for Scenic Newport. Turn right onto Route 138A. After about 0.3 mile, turn right onto America’s Cup Ave. Follow for about a 0.8 mile at which point the road will turn into Memorial Blvd. Look for the Cliff Walk sign in the median in about 1 mile. During the off-season, you can park for free just beyond the start of the Cliff Walk at Easton’s (First) Beach. During the summer months there is a fee so you might want to look on Memorial Blvd. or other local streets for parking.