NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Newport Cliff Walk recently got a technological update.
The three and a half mile walk along the shore was once used as a trail for by Native Americans.
Today, it’s one of Rhode Island’s dearest tourist attractions — and it just went digital.
More than 750,000 walkers take to the trail every year, and many don’t know about the rich history of the trail.
“Someone can take their smart phone, scan or either enter the URL, and read all about the particular point of interest they’re viewing,” said John Hirschboech of the Cliff Walk Commission.
The trail now has 16 marker points. And while it will only take a few moments to download the information to your phone, walkers can also download the information ahead of time.
After the repairs from Hurricane Sandy were completed, the commission decided to increase the amenities along the Cliff Walk.
“We thought the Cliff Walk trail marker program would held visitors learn more about Newport’s gilded age history,”
The commission purposely made the markers and their posts low-profile — so the natural beauty of the walk won’t be lost. The posts were installed by Boy Scout Troop 3 in Newport.
“I think it’s very helpful for the average tourist to come by and get to know the area a little better,” Larry Smith of New Hampshire said.
“It’s nice to know what you’re looking at, it enhances the Cliff Walk for use,” Jan Smith added.
And the best part — walking along the Cliff Walk and downloading the historic facts is absolutely free.