We recently took a trip over the Upper Ferry, crossing a small stretch of the Wicomico River on the edges of Salisbury. On our brief but scenic journey, we wondered where we could find other spots on the Eastern Shore to get this same picturesque view from the water.

Our short river expedition provided a peaceful detour down a back road and across the water. Due to state funding, this mode of transportation can be used by any traveler at no cost. The road to the Upper Ferry also passes by Pemberton Park, one of our favorite historic sites, and can be a great addition to a day trip. If you want to hit two ferries in one day, the Whitehaven Ferry is located within close proximity to the Upper Ferry. This river crossing was first set up in 1688 and the current ferry in place today is thought to be the longest continuously running ferry in America.

The town of Whitehaven has remained close to its historic roots over time and serves as another excellent stop on a scenic river drive. When crossing the Whitehaven Ferry, travelers can see the historic Whitehaven Hotel which was first built in 1810. It is said that in this building, author Edna Ferber was inspired by boats on the Wicomico to write the hit novel “Show Boat.”

The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry provides a scenic cruise across the Tred-Avon River. This ferry is assumed to be the longest privately owned ferry service in the nation. In the beginning of the ferry’s history, the boats were made to transport men and horses across the water and operators were paid with tobacco. The Oxford bank of the ferry is located near the quaint towns of St. Michaels and Tilghman’s Island which have great shopping, restaurants, and scenic locations that we at ShoreBread have always enjoyed.

If you’re sweet tooth has taken hold of the wheel, steer towards the Smith Island Ferry. Here you can sail to the shore of this little island and dig into 8-10 layers of heavenly sweet Smith Island Cake. This piece of Somerset County floating in the Bay is the only inhabited Maryland offshore island. It was first found by Captain John Smith in 1608 and must have captivated the famous explorer with its panoramic views, much as it does today.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry traverses Delmarva waters and leads to the southernmost tip of the Jersey Shoreline, the beaches of Cape May. On this expedition across the Delaware Bay, passengers can catch a glimpse of not one, not two, but three lighthouses on the voyage. The Breakwater East End Light and Harbor of Refuge lighthouses are located on Delaware shores. The East End Light in particular is located in close proximity to the ferry’s path, allowing for a close up view of the lighthouse. On the Jersey side of the water is the Cape May Lighthouse, a white beacon with a red top that stands 157 feet high and is still active in navigation today.

Whether you are tired of the highway and need some scenic entertainment, or you are looking for a day trip that leads off the beaten path, the ferries around Delmarva that cross our waterways are a perfect destination.