We have been on three ferry's in our travels. The ones in North Carolina are all free, except the one from Ocracoke,Island on the otter banks.
This ferry went from Princess Anne, in Va Beach to Currituck,N.C. About a half hour ride. When we lived there many times we would ride the Harley to Princess Anne, take the ferry and stop at a local barbecue place for lunch on the Currituck side and then ride the back roads back to Va Beach.
Loading and unloading is very easy on these ferry's. The other ferry's we boarded were, Lewis Delaware to Cape May N.J. and the ferry that crossed the Sea of Cortez from Mazatlan, Mx to La Pas about 45 miles from Cabo San Lucas. The load on was straight in.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue