Onancock Marina & Tangier Ferry

View of Onancock Creek from a pier at sunset.
The view from the wharf.

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Onancock, VA
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Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Parking - Auto, Parking - Boat Trailer

Water Views and Public Launch from Onancock Wharf and Marina

Onancock Creek is easily accessible from the Onancock Wharf and Marina. The public boat ramp is sufficiently wide and steep for use during all tides. Parking for trailers in town is free for all trailers displaying the Accomack County Boat Ramp decal. All other vehicles require a $7.00 daily parking fee. Next to the marina is a Dinghy Dock & Kayak/Paddleboard/Canoe Launch that can be used free of charge. 

Address: 2 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417
Hours: Wharf and Marina may close for winter season. The hours of operation from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8:00am to 6:00pm Friday - Sunday.  
Website: Wharf Information | Town of Onancock, Virginia
Contact: / (757) 787-7911

Onancock Landing is a small park adjacent to the Town Marina that commemorates the site's visitation by Captain John Smith and its inclusion in the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. 

Tangier-Onancock Ferry

Take a ferry from Onancock to reach the offshore island of Tangier, Virginia. These charming islands are home to a historic fishing community and some of the best birdwatching and Bay views in the region. 

The ferry makes daily runs between the first weekend in May and the first weekend in October. The ride duration is approximately an hour, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis unless you make a reservation. 

Ferry Schedule:
May - First Weekend of October
Departs Tangier for Onancock: 7:30 AM
Departs Onancock for Tangier: 10:00 AM
Departs Tangier for Onancock: 3:30 PM
Departs Onancock for Tangier: 5:00 PM

Learn more about the ferry: Tangier-Onancock Ferry (

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Chesapeake Bay

Last updated: January 30, 2024