Winding its way along the eastern shore of Aquidneck Island, the Cliff Walk is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of Newport's shoreline with the architectural history of the city's Gilded Age. Wildflowers, birds, and geology all add to this delightful walk.
What makes Cliff Walk unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. In 1975 the walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail... the 65th in the nation and first in New England. The walk runs 3.5 miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition.
In the spring of 2015, sixteen (16) QR code trail markers were installed at significant locations along the walk that provide information on the gilded age mansions as well as geographic and geological features. The signs are intended to provide interpretive information on the walk while limiting sign pollution. Each point of interest features a QR code and an URL that can be scanned or entered on a smart phone. A free app is also available to download on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. Download the app to learn more
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