Please be aware that part of the public area loop has been closed until further notice as the park starts preparatory efforts for this summer's paving project on the Picnic Area Road.
"...Even if it's as Big as a Mountain!"
The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.
Explore the National Parks of Western PA
Western PA is the home to five National Park sites showcasing the history of the region and beauty of the outdoors. What discoveries will you make?Read More
Culvert #1586 and the 6-10 Trail
The 6-10 Trail allows visitors to trace the path of Inclined Planes 6-10. Culvert #1586 is one of the many sites included on this trail.Read More
Owned and operated by Samuel and Jean Lemon, the Lemon House served as an inn and tavern during the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.Read More
Engine House #6 Exhibit Shelter
Visit the Engine House #6 Exhibit Shelter to see life-like recreations of machinery needed to hoist canal boats and train cars over Inclined Plane 6.Read More
Staple Bend Tunnel
A unit of the Allegheny Portage Railroad located at Mineral Point, PA, 5 miles from Johnstown.Read More
Trading Cards for Kids
Discover more than 500 storeis about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.Read More
Did You Know?
In 1843 cars of bacon and whiskey, left overnight in the tunnel, caught fire from a locomotive spark and the whiskey exploded. Staple Bend Tunnel was closed for a couple of days for repair.