12 Down; 2 To Go


My love of ferries resulted in the addition of a ferry ride to the list of 14 in 14.

When I realized that there was not only a ferry I hadn’t ridden in the state of Florida, but that it’s located in Marion County, I insisted that riding the Fort Gates Ferry was a must.

On our return from Jacksonville we took CR 308 in Putnam County to the Gateway Fish Camp where we boarded the two car ferry powered by a tug boat mounted to the side. The ferry operator collected the $10 fare, guided us on the boat, blocked the wheels of the vehicle, and then we were off.

A ferry has crossed the half mile stretch across the St. John’s River for some hundred fifty two years, and I’m not sure the boat used isn’t the same one in use for the first crossing.

After the short ride across this wild portion of the St. John’s, we disembarked on the west bank of the river and continued on our way home following the bone jarring seven mile dirt Forest Roads 62 and 29,part of the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, to US 19 in Salt Springs.

Looking for a chance to step back in time? Then you may want to consider taking a trip on the Fort Gates Ferry.

 

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