At the end of
Narragansett Ave., about 3/4ths of a mile south from Memorial Boulevard, are
the Forty Steps ... a dramatic stone staircase that drops
about 2/3rds of the way down the side of the cliff to a balcony
over the sea.
Spectacular anytime, this
platform is especially dramatic right after a storm when the waves crash into
the rocks directly below. Some parking is available on Narragansett Ave. Also
the city has placed two temporary toilet units just off the
This segment of the walk is well
marked, the condition is very good, and it is easily used for walking and
During Newport's Golden
Age, the Forty Steps were a gathering place for the servants and workers from
the nearby mansions. Here they would hold weekend dances and play the Irish
songs and music that reminded them of home.
There are great views of the ocean,
the mansions and the cliff sides. Although there are a number of fences
guarding the steep drops, wandering off the path can be hazardous especially
during the summer when vegetation may run to the edge of the cliffs.