Historic White’s Ferry

Historic White's Ferry in Montgomery County, Maryland

Operating since 1786, Historic White’s Ferry is the last of 100 ferries that shuttled passengers across the Potomac River.

Located approximately six miles from the Town of Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland, a ferry experience pairs well with a scenic drive through the Agricultural Reserve, a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain and a few stops along the Tastemakers Trail.

Cars travel across the Potomac River on Historic White's Ferry

How the Ferry Works

Cars are guided by an attendant onto the ferry. Once loaded, the ferry follows a wire cable to across the Potomac River to Loudoun County, Virginia. The entire ride takes approximately five minutes from shore to shore. Fees to ride Historic White’s Ferry are cash only. A one-way ticket is $5 or $8 round trip for cars. Cyclists ($2) and pedestrians ($1) may use the ferry. Commuter books are available.

What the Locals Know

  • The White’s Ferry Store & Grill is open during the spring and summer months and sells a variety of products. They offer hot and cold food, snacks, and a selection of beverages including beer.
  • The store also rents canoes. The rental fee is $15.00 per hour or $50 for the day.
  • Picnic tables and grills are available to rent for $5.00 for the day and you pay in the store.
  • A pavilion is available for rent for family gatherings, weddings, parties, and company events, call to make reservations for the pavilion.