Hiking in Aquidneck Island
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The spectacular Cliff Walk is a must do whil e in Newport. Starting at First Beach, Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile path follow ing the shore all the way to Bailey’s Beach. The promenade has views of sumptuous mansions on one side and the rocky coastline on the other. The whole walk takes about 2 hours and is also a great place to jog. Fort Adams State Park is a beautiful 80 acre park located by the water, offering dramatic views of Newport Harbor. The park is home to a Civil War era fort that is open to the public, the Museum of Yachting, Sail Newport and a small protected beach, ideal for young kids. It is a great place to walk, jog or ride a bike.
Norman Bird Sanctuary, located at the end of Third Beach, a short drive from downtown, this 450 acre wildlife refuge offers over 7 miles of hiking trails through the woods with views of the coastline. A small admission fee is required.
Sachuest Point is a peninsula, with the Sakonnet River on one side and Rhode Island Sound on the other. It is situated at the end of Second Beach and home to a 242 acre wildlife refuge. With over 3 miles of nature trails, viewing platforms and a visitor’s center, it is a popular spot for hiking, jogging or bird watching.
Sakonnet Green Trail is the longest walking trail on Aquidneck Island, with a 7.5-mile winding loop around the Newport National Golf Course, Glen Farm and through woodlands. Also the only trail to allow both leashed dogs and equestrian riding.