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north Wellington Ave, Thames St. > America's Cup Ave. > Long Wharf, >
Washington St. -- 1.5 miles -- 31 minutes
Pier Maritime Center
Map to Start:
Map to End
Public streets and
sidewalks cover most of the walk, but cross links to public rights of way may
be a problem.
Time to Finish
2.5 hours depending on how many
Public streets are no problem but for traffic, but several areas are
loose gravel or narrow.
Public streets and some public
access over private land.
Everywhere and nearly
Public streets, rights of way and private
property open to pedestrian travel. Parks are Newport City.
Public Right of Way over private property, as well as city streets and
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|Newport Harbor Walk
South Newport Harbor
New Animated and GPS-Based Google Map Instructions [Beta
Also See: Newport Cliff
Walk and Newport's Ten Mile
History Shaped Colorful Harbor
discovery of America and its early colonization by the British, Newport
specifically stood out from the rest of the colonies as it was one of the five
major commercial seaports in the New World.
Because of its
location, resources, and geography, Newport became an ideal center for industry
and commerce to flourish and thrive. In the early seventeenth century Newport
quickly transitioned from a farming community into a bustling, growing urban
landscape in which laborers, artisans, craftsmen, and merchants alike tried to
establish their businesses and take part in the boundless opportunities that
continued to prosper and develop at a rapid rate throughout the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries, changing the landscape of Newport from farms and
windmills to streets, neighborhoods, workshops, fishing and marine industry,
and shops. However, by 1760 this growth eventually slowed and came to a stop
when British-Colonial relations became tense.
Restrictive trade taxes and
regulations such as the Stamp, Tea, and Sugar Acts put immense strain on
Newports economy and increased anti-British sentiments. Finally, in 1776
Newports maritime economy literally ground to a halt when Crown troops
occupied the city only to leave when they were needed in New York.
With the conclusion of the American Revolution in 1783, Newport hoped to see
the rebirth of its economy. However, by this time commerce and trade had
shifted northward to Providence which had been less affected by the war.
Attempts to jumpstart Newports economy through the illegal slave trade,
the whaling industry, and the textile industry in the early nineteenth century
were temporary solutions and ultimately failed.
finally turned around in the 1830s when the city became a popular choice among
affluent families from the South, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia looking
for a summer seaside resort. As the socially elite began to flock to Newport
and build summer homes, a huge demand for laborers, carpenters, masons,
plumbers, chefs, clerks, bookkeepers, gardeners, and servants arose.
In order to meet this
demand, Newport underwent a drastic revitalization in which the population
swelled and construction increased in order to accommodate both the visiting
upper class and the growing working class.
Today Newport continues to
attract visitors because of its picturesque scenery, history, cultural
festivals, and variety of shops just as it did since its humble beginnings.
Newport Harbor Walk is broken
into two segments Harbor Walk South
[Main Harbor] and
North [The Point and Goat Island].
Harbor Walk South [Main Harbor]
covers Newport's "Active" harbor with a wide selection of boating, sailing,
entertainment, history, and night-time action. Here's the typical New England
waterfront that now mixes a large and active commercial boatyard and everything
from T-shirts, to trendy boutiques, to antique shops, to "Chowda" tasting, to
lobster tank looking, to tall ship sailing, to learning how to pour brass
marine fittings and bend oak ribs.
While Harbor Walk South is just over
two miles from Stone Pier at King Park to Newport Shipyard, the harbor explorer
is exposed to multiple diversions ... this is not an area to be rushed. A
walking round trip is over four miles.
Harbor Walk North
covers Goat Island and Newport's historic residential Point Section
which was the original colonial center of the city and waterfront. While the
British managed to destroy Newport's colonial waterfront by breaking up and
burning the wood docks for heat during the War for Independence, this section
of the city has retained a surprisingly large number of colonial homes dating
in the 1700s. Combined with a number a Victorian gems, this area of Newport is
full Harbor Walk North tour starting at Storer Park to Goat Island and through
the Point Section is just under three miles.
Slated for 2017
the continuation of Harbor Walk