Head towards I-295 North
TAKE EXIT I-395
Merge onto I-695 I-395 HOV
Take Exit 10C for GW PKWY N Towards Mem. BRIDGE
MERGE onto GW Pkwy 10.3 mi
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-495 N/Maryland and merge onto I-495 N 2.4 mi
Take exit 39 for MD-190 toward Washington/Potomac 0.4 mi
Take exit 39A on the left for Maryland 190 W/River Road toward Potomac W 0.4 mi
Merge onto MD-190 W/River Rd 11.5 mi
Turn left onto River Rd 1.4 mi
Turn right onto Partnership Rd 3.8 mi
Continue onto MD-107/Fisher Ave 4.6 mi
Continue onto Whites Ferry Rd Destination will be on the right 4.0 mi
Destination will be on the right
James Monroe Hwy Rte 15
Leesburg-White's Ferry-Poolesville 24801 Whites Ferry Road Poolesville/Dickerson, MD 20842 <a>[masked] </a>
Hours: The ferry operates daily 5am to 11pm, weather permitting. The Ferry can hold approximately 20-24 cars in a single trip and takes under 2 minutes to load, 5 minutes to cross, and another 2 minutes to unload
In operation since 1786, this unique cable ferry crosses the Potomac River every 20 minutes. A popular crossing point for troops during the Civil War, it is a short distance downriver from White's Ford, where J.E.B Stuart's cavalry crossed in 1862. It is located six miles west of Poolesville and is the only ferry still operating on the Potomac River.
There used to be 100 ferries operating on the Potomac, this is the last one. The cars line up on what looks like a boat ramp and fill up the ferry. The ferry follows a wire cable to the other side. It runs continuously, year round, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. $4 one way or $6 round trip.
You can read about the history of the Ferry at Poolesville.com. Between the American Legion Bridge at Lock 12 to Point of Rocks, this is the only other Potomac River crossing, even though the Maryland/Virginia/DC area is a major population center. I wish there was a bridge here.
This bridge, built in 1876, supported traffic over the canal to the ferry. White's Ferry is a cable ferry service operating across the Potomac River. It is located six miles west of Poolesville, Maryland, and north of Leesburg, Virginia. It is the only ferry still operating on the Potomac River. The General Jubal A. Early carries cars, bicycles, and pedestrians between Maryland and Virginia.