Easton’s Beach

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The Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk, which begins at Easton’s Beach, is a National Recreation Trail which runs along the shoreline in Newport, Rhode Island. Ocean views abound throughout the 3.5 mile walk. The trail also passes by some of Newport’s famous gilded age mansions.

Hurricane Sandy washed away The Cliff Walk in 2012. After $5 million in restorations, Newport reopened the trail in 2014. There are still some unpaved, rough sections.

Easton’s Beach

Easton’s Beach is a 3/4 mile long surf beach at the north end of the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. We entered the trail here and saw many surfers riding the waves.

The beach is named for Nicholas Easton who was one of the first settlers in Newport in the 1600’s. He served as an early colonial Governor of Rhode Island.

In the early 1900s, middle-class families began taking vacations. The wealthy were using Bailey’s Beach at the southern end of the Cliff Walk. Easton’s became the popular swimming destination for the middle class.

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Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Designation: National Recreation Trail
Date designated/established: 1975
Date of my visit: October 2, 2021