Exploring the Best Bicycle Trails and Events in Newport County

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One of the best ways to truly discover a place is on a bicycle, where you can soak in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere at your own pace. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just looking for a leisurely ride, you’ll find a variety of bicycle routes and events in and around Newport, RI that highlight its natural beauty and rich history. From the serene East Bay Bike Path to the iconic Ocean Drive, there’s a trail for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we explore the best biking opportunities in our coastal community.

Best Bike Paths in and Around Newport County

The East Bay Bike Path

Photo credit to JJBers
Photo credit to Bicycle New England

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Just a short distance from Newport is the southern end of the East Bay Bike Path. Stretching 14.5 miles from Bristol to Providence, the East Bay Bike Path offers stunning views of Narragansett Bay. The path is mostly flat, making it suitable for cyclists of all levels. As you ride, you’ll pass through beautiful coastal towns, waterfront parks, and historic sites. The East Bay Bike Path is particularly popular in the fall when the foliage adds a burst of color to your ride.

Fort Adams Bay Walk


View Fort Adams Bay Walk Map

Located in Fort Adams State Park, the Bay Walk is a 2.5-mile loop that offers panoramic views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. The path is relatively flat and well-maintained, making it perfect for a relaxing ride. Fort Adams itself is a historic site worth exploring.

Sachuest to Brenton Point via Ocean Drive Scenic Road

[View Bicycle Map]

This 10-mile stretch between Sachuest Point and Brenton Point is a popular route for local road biking. Begin at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and cycle past Second Beach (Sachuest Beach), then First Beach (Easton’s Beach), and up the hill along Memorial Boulevard. Take a break at Purgatory Chasm for a stunning view of Sachuest Beach before continuing to the famed Bellevue Avenue and onto scenic Ocean Drive. The route concludes at Brenton Point State Park, where you can soak in panoramic ocean views at the meeting point of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Many more local rides can be found on the Bike Newport website.

Park & Ride for Free

Rogers High School

109 Old Fort Road, Newport, RI 

This parking area is open year-round and a great launching point to explore the southern part of Newport. From Rogers, you can follow this 1.5 mile route to Fort Adams State Park or this 2.7 mile route to Brenton Point State Park along Ocean Drive. Note: Rogers High School is currently under renovation, so parking may be temporarily unavailable. There is a small lot at the east end of the high school (see map) with limited parking available first come, first served.

Newport County YMCA

792 Valley Road, Middletown, RI

This parking area is available year-round for those looking to ditch their cars and hop on their bikes. Enter from Valley Road, head to the top of the lot farthest from the entrance, and choose a spot in the designated area. This 5.1 mile route from the YMCA to Fort Adams takes you past Easton Pond and quaint neighborhood streets as you make your way to the historic and scenic state park.

Must-Attend Bike Events in Newport Count

10 Spot Ride

One of the most popular cycling events in Newport County is the 10 Spot Ride, organized by Bike Newport as an annual fundraiser. This unique event takes cyclists on a tour of ten notable spots around the area, showcasing local landmarks, parks, and hidden gems. Most spots are private or off-limits on any other day. Past stops have included iconic mansions, classic colonials, stunning sea views, and secret gardens. At each stop, cyclists enjoy live music and tasty bites from ten local eateries. It’s a fantastic way to experience Newport while enjoying a leisurely ride with fellow cycling enthusiasts. Participants must purchase a ticket in advance to receive an event booklet including GPS-coded maps of this unique cycling experience

 

Full Moon Ride

The Full Moon Ride is a magical nighttime event where cyclists gather to ride under the light of the full moon. The ride usually covers a scenic route along the coast, providing a unique and enchanting experience. It’s a leisurely ride, perfect for all ages and skill levels. The Full Moon Ride offers a special way to experience Newport’s charm while fostering a sense of community among cyclists.

 

Bike Newport hosts many events throughout the year that are free and open to all. View the events calendar on their website.

Newport County offers a vibrant cycling scene with its beautiful bike paths and exciting events. Whether you’re looking to explore the area’s natural beauty on two wheels or participate in community rides and races, there’s something for every cyclist to enjoy

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