Ocean Drive is a 10-mile route that starts on Bellevue Avenue and follows Ocean
Avenue around a rocky peninsular with fishing coves, swimming beaches, and
public parks. The Ocean Avenue part of the drive is probably the most scenic
with magnificent houses on rocky necks amidst the backdrop of a windy Atlantic
Ocean. You’ll see plenty people fishing and others clambering over the rocks
searching for creatures in the tidal pools.
Brenton State Park is a halfway point on Newport RI Ocean Drive, and is one of my family’s special stopping spots to have a picnic and fly a kite. The park allows pets, and has tables and grills – bring your own charcoal though. As you head out of the park you’re heading back to Newport Harbor, and while the scenery heading back isn’t quite as spectacular you’ll pass the Castle Hill Lighthouse, Hammersmith Farm, and Fort Adams State Park.
The North End Cliff Walk starts where Memorial Blvd meets Easton’s Beach. The first part of the walk is easy on good pavement and leads you to The Forty Steps. After the steps you’ll have great views of Ochre Point, Ochre Court, Cave Cliff, and Vineland. You’re now heading towards Bailey’s Beach at the South End of the walk.
The Cliff Walk will provide you spectacular views of the ocean, but parts of it are more of an adventure experience than an easy ramble, and it’s not recommended for small children. It’s 31/2 miles in length over paths that in some areas have been eroded and battered by the natural weather patterns of the area. Wear sneakers if you can, and show caution.
This is a rough section and at times the path gets small and even seems to stop. However, by scrambling over the rocks you’ll be home free soon and be able to take in more stunning views of the ocean area. So are you ready to experience Newport RI? Put on your sneakers, pack a picnic, and get ready for many Kodak moments on this trip.
By Cliff Calderwood
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