Rock Hall’s Ferry Park is a small town swimming beach that shines at night, with magnificent sunsets across the Chesapeake Bay and a great view of Baltimore’s sparkling lights on the opposite side of the Bay.
The Rock Hall beach was once a ferry landing across from the city of Baltimore before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built.
It’s now a small town beach with an equally small boardwalk.
Parking is in front of the beach facing a walkway sprinkled with a few benches that stretches in front of the block-long parking lot.
A couple gazebos are perched on the grassy end of the beach, but it’s a small picnic area.
It has no lifeguard or facilities, although there are portal toilets.
No dogs are allowed.
A number of small homes face the beach on the other side of Beach Road, so they require a respectful level of noise.
Rock Hall is a quiet place, except for Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in the Fall. That’s when the beach fills up with hundreds of people dressed as pirates.
They gather to watch dinghies, made to look like pirate boats, storm the beach.
During the rest of the year, the beach is filled with families.
Ferry Beach is protected from Chesapeake Bay waves and erosion by rock jetties (sections of rock in a long pile). However, there’s no protection from jellyfish starting in about mid-summer.
You’ll find parking for about 20 cars, and there’s no charge to use the beach.
Be aware there are no shops or convince stores nearby. Those are in town about a mile away.