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Historical White's Ferry

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Address: Leesburg, VA
Phone Number: 301 349 5200
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Good for cyclists and pedestrians, pricy for cars

$8 roundtrip ($5 one way) for a car, limited parking on the Virginia side, and the fact that Point of Rocks is only 15 miles north all count against the ferry for motorists... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2013
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Leesburg, Virginia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

There aren't many ferries like this left around the U.S., and this brief ride is always fun for the whole family. It also happens to be the only way to conveniently get across the river north of the American Legion bridge just outside of DC.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I've been to White's Ferry dozens of times since the 1970's and the beauty, history, and Ferry drivers are worth every minute that you spend there. I would suggest you read up on the history beforehand. It is fascinating!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This cuts off time, but it moves slowly. It is an experience. The pragmatic saving of time is enough to keep it going. But digging into the history makes it an interesting trip.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We used the ferry regularly for years taking our children back and forth from Maryland every other weekend. You can pack a lunch and eat on the Maryland side where there is picnic tables and a small convenience store. I think the fare is about $6 each way. Our kids always thought it was cool that we drove the car... More 

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Amissville, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I understand that some people actually use this ferry for a daily commute. But we've only taken it for the sheer pleasure of the ride there and back. In truth, as far as I can see, there is nothing on the other side. But the novelty of an operating ferry - which has been there forever - makes the trip... More 

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Elkins, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's a cable ferry and the crossing only takes 5 min., but it's a wonderful break from the constant humm of tires on concrete. I used to take I-81 and I-70 driving from my home in W.Va. to visit my Mom in Maryland but now I ALWAYS take the ferry if it's running. (Check their facebook page -- the ferry... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

$8 roundtrip ($5 one way) for a car, limited parking on the Virginia side, and the fact that Point of Rocks is only 15 miles north all count against the ferry for motorists looking to cross. However, if you are a pedestrian the cost is $1 each way and a cyclist $2 each way. Crossing is quick (about 10 minutes... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Within the boundaries of Loudoun County, VA, there are only 2 ways across the Potomac to Maryland: Point of Rocks Bridge and White's Ferry. White's Ferry is a fun way to get across the river if you are not pressed for time. It is always a big hit with the kids, because it is (nowadays) so unique. As other reviewers... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is really not an "outing", it's more of a different mode of transportation. If you are traveling from Maryland (Frederick area) to Virginia (northern Leesburg ) or vice versa it is a "quaint" way to travel. It costs about $5 each way. Some people use it as part of their commute. If the weather is bad or there has... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

White's Ferry is an old, cable ferry and a unique connection to a past long gone. While it's not the height of excitement to cross the Potomac on a ferry, it's an unusual experience that hard to find elsewhere.

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Address: Leesburg, VA
Phone Number: 301 349 5200
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Leesburg

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