One of the best, and most scenic, ways to visit Loudoun is to arrive by ferry! Historic White's Ferry, just northeast of downtown Leesburg, is the last surviving (from around 100 at one point) ferry on the Potomac River north of Washington, DC and the last cable-operated ferry east of the Mississippi. Its a great way to cross the river. A ferry has been operating at this location since 1786. After the Civil War, it was purchased by Col. Elijah White, who named the ferry after his old commander Gen. Jubal Early, the name it retains today. Today, the ferry can bring 24 cars and trucks across. The ferry is located at mile 35.5 of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal), a riverside trail that runs almost 185 miles from Georgetown in DC to Cumberland, MD. The ferry is a great way for bikers exploring the canal trail to come across to Loudoun, and vice versa.
The ferry operates from 5a.m. to 11p.m. daily. One way fees: $1 for a pedestrian or bike; $3 for a motorcycle; $7 for cars.
If you're planning a visit and bringing your bike, the Norris House Inn in Leesburg's Historic District offers complimentary pick up from White’s Ferry for C&O bikers during normal check in hours. They have "Pick-up Request Form" that must be completed and returned at least a week in advance in order to be placed on the Pick-up Schedule. Click here for more information on the Norris House Inn.
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