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Biking around Newport

What to Bring

Helmet   Bike/Lycra shorts
Bike gloves   First aid kit
Fleece   Windproof jacket
Repair kit   Water


From Boston, take 93 South, becoming 128
Take exit 4 for Route 24 South
At exit 41 continue on 195 West for less
than 2 miles, then take exit 8A for route 24 South again
Route 24 South become route 138 South
Route 138 becomes 114 South, then
At the end of Broadway in Newport, turn
left on Thames Street
At the fork, take right to reach Route 138a and turn left on 138a (America's Cup
Drive by the waterfront and take right at the light on one-way South Thames Street (this is the busiest area of Newport)
Turn right on Wellington Avenue (signs for Ocean Drive and Fort Adams)
Park on the right at the beginning of
Wellington Ave
  Good to know in advance
If parking is not possible on Wellington,
continue to Fort Adams and park there

Restrooms open in summer in downtown
Newport near the waterfront (follow signs near the Post Office), at the Fort Adams
Visitor Center and at Brenton Point State

Buy a map to get oriented more easily:
Rubel BikeMaps "Eastern Massachusetts" - $4.95 in most bookstores
Bring back your trash
Yield to pedestrians in the State Parks and the Mansions area

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 1.5 hours
  Duration: Full day


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From quiet countryside lanes to world-famous mansions, Newport is a great destination for a day out on a leisurely ride hugging the ocean. Located only 90 minutes southwest of Boston, Newport is much closer than most think, and this ride is one of our favorites, especially off-season, when summer traffic has disappeared to give you more quiet and room on the road.

The ride itself can be accomplished in about 2 hours, but the best way to enjoy it is to spend the entire day on site, with several stops along the ride to explore the place at your own pace (and depending on the weather, to enjoy an ice cream or a warm coffee back in Newport). The loop is mostly on flat terrain, with only a couple of short, moderate climbs.

This loop takes you to Fort Adams, a former fortified place and now a vast State Park rolling towards the sea, and naturally to the mansions. You will discover that Newport, with its small roads, varied landscape, vistas on the ocean and overall small scale, seems to have been designed for biking. Each season has its benefits: in summer the weather makes for a great outdoors experience, while fall and spring give you the typical tranquility of a seaside resort in off-season - and easier parking.

With a ride that close from the shore, it is no surprise that the wind can sometimes be strong and cool, even in the summer. So dress appropriately by always packing a fleece in your backpack. Roads are in good condition but you will need to be aware of traffic in the summer - tourists driving a slow speed to soak in the many wonders of Newport won't necessarily pay attention to you. This loop is well marked with signs for "Ocean Drive", and there is little risk of getting lost, even without a map.

Riding directions:
From your parking place, start biking West on Wellington Avenue
After a short climb, turn right at the stop sign on Harrison Avenue
At the next intersection, turn right again to stay on Harrison Ave
After a short descent, take right and follow sign to Fort Adams State Park; you will ride along Brenton Cove and past the yacht club to reach the fort walls; from the grass along the shore, you can watch in the summer the sailboats in and out of Narragansett Bay
Return to the park entrance and turn right on Beacon Hill Road (the road on the right before the gate leads you to a bluff with great views on the Bay)
At the next intersection turn right on Ridge Road to stay close to the shore; you will soon reach Brenton Point State Park, where you can stop to walk on the shoreline rocks (there is no beach); you are now facing the open ocean in the Rhode Island Sound. This can be a nice place for a picnic if you are spending the whole day in Newport
Continue on Ocean Drive along the shore, which is becoming rockier; you will soon ride over a small rocky bridge over picturesque Goose Neck Cove
Follow signs for the Mansions and Bellevue Avenue to reach the mansions area
Bellevue Avenue is a long, tree-lined avenue that serves most mansions; the Breakers are further on the right (follow signs); you can turn right on Ruggles Avenue and then left on Ochre Point Avenue for a bit more quiet
Turn left on Narragansett Ave to ride back to downtown Newport
Turn right on Spring Street, then left on Lee Avenue; you will cross South Thames Street that you follow on the left to go back to your car.
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