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Newport hikes—there’s a trail for everyone!

by Candice Sandman

Feeling like you want to chase away the winter woes? Here’s seven different paths for you to give a whirl. Many are open from dawn to dusk and let you bring along Fido if he or she is on a leash. Check listings below for specifics, websites (and maps), and grab your walking stick!

Classic Newport…try the Cliff Walk

Cliff Walk

Craving a walk among panoramic ocean views and a few mansions? Newport’s enchanting 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is perfect for a moment of solitude in the winter months. The town’s world-famous public access walk combines natural beauty with architectural history. What makes Cliff Walk unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. 

Open sunrise to sunset. Free.

Leashed dogs welcome.  


Want a hike near the harbor action….try the Newport Harbor Walk

Newport Harbor Walk is broken into two segments: Harbor Walk South (the main harbor) and Harbor Walk North (the Point and Goat Island). 

The Harbor Walk South two-mile walk (four miles round trip) covers Newport’s  active harbor, where a typical New England waterfront meets an active commercial boatyard. There’s something for everyone, with an assortment of boating, sailing, entertainment, history and night-time action.  

The Harbor Walk North three-mile walk covers Goat Island and Newport’s historic residential Point Section, which was the original colonial center of the city and waterfront. This section of the city has retained a surprisingly large number of colonial homes dating back to the 1700s. Combined with Victorian gems, this area of Newport is architecturally rich. This tour begins starts at Storer Park, continues to Goat Island and then through the Point Section. 

Open sunrise to sunset. 

Free. Leashed dogs welcome.  


For the history buff who wants a great sunset…Fort Adams Bay Walk  

Experience the Best Sunset in Newport! Follow the Fort Adams Bay Walk signs and enjoy the picturesque East Passage of the Narragansett Bay with unobstructed views of the sun setting over Conanicut Island (Jamestown). You’ll have the opportunity to overlooking several local landmarks: Clingstone, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Beavertail Lighthouse, Rose Island Lighthouse  

The East Side of the Bay Walk overlooks Newport harbor and the downtown waterfront as well as picturesque Brenton Cove, one of the area’s most popular places to anchor a boat. Across the harbor you will see: New York Yacht Club, the Open sunrise to sunset year round 

Free. Leashed dogs are welcome. 


For the hiker who likes the wide open…Sakonnet Greenway Trail

The Sakonnet Greenway Trail (SGT), at 10 miles long, is the longest contiguous nature trail on Aquidneck Island. The SGT is a true snapshot of inland Aquidneck Island. Trail users have the opportunity to view wildlife across meadows and woodlands, as well as enjoy pastoral views of farms and agricultural landscapes.

The trail passes by notable locations like The Glen in Portsmouth, Aquidneck Farms, Newport National Golf Club, Newport Vineyards, soccer fields, Albro Woods and more.

Open dawn to dusk. The trail is typically closed for a month in early spring around April-early May to prevent erosion during Mud Season.

Free. Leashed dogs are welcome.

For the birder/Wheelchair accessible… Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Trail 

This is a 2.4 mile, moderately trafficked loop trail in Middletown. This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. Today the Refuge totals 242 acres that provide an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds. 

Wheelchair friendly. 

Hours sunrise to sunset. 

Free. No dogs. 


For the birder who likes trail options. Universally Accessible Trail…Norman Bird Sanctuary 

 This is a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center with more than 325 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of hiking trails. The Universally Accessible Trail invites individuals who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids to explore of a mix of views and wildlife habitats. The 1,500-ft trail is ADA-compliant.

Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Small fee. No dogs.


A quick hike for the enthusiast… Ballard Park 

Ballard Park is a 13-acre nature preserve in the City of Newport, across from Rogers High School and nestled next to Brenton Point State Park. It has five trails near streams, stone outcrops, boulders and overlooks. A great hike for kids. 

21 Hazard Road, Newport, RI 02840

Hours sunrise to sunset.

Free. Leashed dogs welcome.

Their website is down. 

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