Thursday, October 05, 2006

Historic White's Ferry Potomac River Crossing - in Loudon County, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland

White's Ferry Potomac River Crossing - the Jubal A. Early

White's Ferry is the last ferry service operating on the Potomac River. Located along the C&O Canal, the ferry carries cars, passengers, and bicycles between Montgomery County, Maryland and Loudon County, Virginia.

White's Ferry Store

In one of the greater DC area's remaining rural areas, the ferry is depended on by locals for transit and is a haven for bicylists and water sports, including fishing. White's Ferry runs all year from 5AM-11PM and costs $4 one way or $6 round trip. It closes in icy and flooding conditions.

At White's Ferry

I spent a great day on a five hour canoe trip from near Point of Rocks to White's Ferry. Canoes can be rented from White's Ferry, and if you make a reservation a week in advance, they'll drive you upstream so you can drift home. (A bit of paddling may also be necessary.)

The Road from White's Ferry to Montgomery County

Recently the Coast Guard cracked down on White's Ferry for having unlicensed operators. The owners of the ferry and its supporters are concerned for the ferry service's survival, and some say that a major bridge may be imminent here, bringing traffic and urban sprawl to this rural historic area.

White's Ferry
White's Ferry Road, Poolsville, MD / Leesburg, VA (map)
301 349 5200


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