An Oxford-Bellevue Ferry roadtrip on the Eastern Shore

September 16, 2009 | By | Comments (5)

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry 

Our September issue’s roundup of great coastal roadtrips, has me daydreaming about a wonderful drive I took last month.

About 20 of us gathered for a family reunion in the cute town of St. Michaels, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, where we shopped, wandered, toured and ate our fill of seafood. We stayed at the Harbourtowne resort just outside of town, which was a delight. Our group had a separate wing with adjoining patios, and we talked into the night as a cooling breeze blew off the Bay.

After we said goodbye, I took a meandering route back to D.C, driving shaded country roads to the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, which calls itself the nation’s oldest privately run ferry, dating to the late 1600s. The ¾-mile trip crosses the Tred Avon River, and is a wonderful chance to get out on the water. Along with cars, there were plenty of bikes on our Sunday morning crossing. The area has some of the best cycling routes in the country. But even from the driver's seat of a rental car, I could tell we were somewhere special.

Photo: Talbot County Office of Tourism




  1. Ashley Gerrald

    Thanks for the good info!! Would also be helpful to know how long the Oxford-Bellevue ferry trips are and roughly how much they cost…

    October 5, 2009 at 2:11 am
  2. Larry Bleiberg

    It’s $10 one way for car and driver, $16 round trip. Bicyclists and pedestrians are less.
    Complete rates are posted here:

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 am
  3. Vladia Spencer

    Hi Larry,
    If you liked the experience of seeing the Chesapeake Bay from the water, you would absolutely love the Great Loop. The Chesapeake is part of the America’s Great Loop – it is an American tradition for boaters. Here is an article I posted on ezinearticles:

    October 21, 2009 at 11:39 am
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  5. missy gaines hayes

    I love ALL of Maryland, but the Eastern Shore is my favorite part of the state!

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