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Historical White's Ferry

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Address: Leesburg, VA
Phone Number: 301 349 5200
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A great way to commute from Loudoun to Montgomery County

In the weekend daytime hours, the lines for the ferry are long. But any other time -- even during commuting hours -- there aren't full loads of cars waiting. I used to work in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Albert L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the weekend daytime hours, the lines for the ferry are long. But any other time -- even during commuting hours -- there aren't full loads of cars waiting. I used to work in Maryland and used the ferry almost every day. Never had a problem with the ferry operators and service was routine. It's always a relaxing way to... More 

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Thank Albert L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ferry has operated for over 100 years and it engine propelled but connected to a cable. It is a beautiful area of the Potomac River that was rural countryside just a couple of decades ago and is suburban on hte virginia side. Many people commute to avoid the long drive to point of rocks bridge or the American Legion... More 

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Thank janddmom
Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love traveling back and forth between Maryland and Virginia using White's Ferry. It pre dates the Coast Guard and is a steadfast way to cross the Potomac River. Yes, it at times has to close due to weather, but is more dependable than the American Legion Bridge and the traffic there. Besides, it allows you to step back in... More 

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Thank GingerWas
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A trip across the Potomac at Whites Ferry is a nostalgic way to travel in this hectic time. It relaxes you and gives you a short respite from the stress of the commute. Take a moment and imagine it is the mid to late 1860's and you are either riding with Jubel Early and his troops heading towards the Nation's... More 

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Thank maryM3123CL
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely a nostalgia element here. The price is not unreasonable, and the novelty is worth it. The ferry is very dependent on weather conditions, so check out the facebook page or website before embarking on your trip. It makes for a great outing with older kids who like boats.

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Thank TNTinVA
Leesburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ferry is the only Potomac crossing between Washington Beltway (American Legion Bridge) and US Rt15, connecting Leesburg VA to Maryland countryside. The Maryland side is scenic, farm and other countryside. It's a pleasant drive, but not terribly useful as a commuting path (I live in Leesburg and with it was) as the ferry and roads are relatively slow. It... More 

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Thank Joe B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

My gps directed me hear on a beautiful day and lead through the backwoods of Maryland. I enjoyed the drive and do it again. It is part of our history, and a lovely adventure.

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Thank Lynn M
Leesburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a motorized tow-line barge which takes cars back and forth across the river. It's pretty, it's relaxing, and it's a lot of fun. Would be good for kids. Nice if you're in the neighborhood, but it's not a destination. I'm pretty sure it's open to bikes.

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Thank Baroque_Flute
Leesburg, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I have used this both as a tourist attraction for visiting friends, as well as a way to cut down the travel time from Leesburg to Rockville. It is a fun little ferry, and the wait is usually not long. My 6 year old loves it. It is not expensive, and a uniuqe thing to do around here.

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Thank Terry E
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We live in the local area and have taken White's Ferry a couple of times, mainly out of curiosity but also for the kids. We have always taken it in the summer. They do have an off season - where they are closed but I don't know when. Anyway, from VA to MD is not a bad wait but both... More 

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