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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 fun river crossing next to C&O Canal Trail

We love going here from time to time to cross from Leesburg to the Maryland side then walk or bike the C&O canal trail, which is right there. You can take your car on the ferry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jeff K
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McLean, Virginia
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McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love going here from time to time to cross from Leesburg to the Maryland side then walk or bike the C&O canal trail, which is right there. You can take your car on the ferry, bike or go on foot. It runs every few minutes each direction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We asked the same when we came across this just north of Leesburg during an afternoon drive. It's a fun experience and always fun for the kids. I'd recommend it as a great shortcut to get into the less populated areas of MD and access to the C&O Canal and Toe Paths.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a historic location to start a cycling adventure along canal. There is ample parking, a snack shop, rest rooms and the opportunity to rent canoes or ride the ferry across the river. The setting is beautiful! We rode the ferry across the river, cycled, then returned at sunset. If you are cycling you can ride along the dirt... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

250 years ago this ferry was chartered by the government and it still operates as a single family business today. About 15 to 20 cars at a time can be loaded and the ferry engine grabs an underwater cable to tow the barge to the opposite side of the river for the cars to unload. You stay in your car... More 

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Catonsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister, grandson and I took the ferry to the Va side and cycled down rt 15 into Leesburg and onto the W&OD hiker/biker/horse trail. The ferry's location is attractive to Civil War history buffs as it was a pivotal crossing for the Confederate forces into Md, and onto Gettysburg in 1863. Rt 15 has a good bicycle-friendly shoulder for... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have never ridden across a ferry with your car on a cable..... This is it. reminds all of by gone era.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is NOT a tourist attraction. Just a left over from a time long past. That's what makes it fun. It is just a tethered raft that you drive on and off. It's a short ride and not one I would let kids run out of the car to see. However, as my title says it could be a fun,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hundreds of ferries used to cross the Potomac River in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whites Ferry is the last of those ferries, and while it mainly carries cars now. it is still a beautiful way to cross the river! There are walking/biking trails on the Maryland side of the river along the old canal which are scenic and beautiful.... More 

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Thank cschott
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

It's a boat that cars drive onto and get pushed or pulled (depending on your perspective) between Virginia and Maryland. Smooth ride, saves time and money. Never have to worry about seasickness. One safety issue ... if the Potomac is high and running fast, they do not operate.

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Springfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I was introduced to White's Ferry by the Clutch song of the same name, found on the album "From Beale Street to Oblivion". While driving through Leesburg on my way to Frederick, I noticed "White's Ferry Road" to my right and excitedly made a mental note to check it out on the way back. The ferry is a throwback to... More 

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