• Photo of Lemon House, Level #6, and Engine House on a beautiful summer day.

    Allegheny Portage Railroad

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Directions

Car

The park is located just off U.S. Route 22 approximately 12 miles west of Altoona and 10 miles east of Ebensburg. Take the Gallitzin Exit and turn right, following the signs. Visitors prior to 1992 accessed the park in other ways, but the GALLITZIN EXIT of US Route 22 is now the way to access the visitor center and historic area.

GPS flaws may direct drivers into the town of Gallitzin instead of to the park. Some users report putting the town as "Cresson" instead of "Gallitzin" produces the correct driving directions. You may wish to verify your route using a roadmap. Regardless of which direction you are driving on U.S. Route 22, the Gallitzin Exit followed by a right turn will take drivers to the park visitor center.

GPS coordinates 40.4583206, -78.5497341


Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to or within the park. Cambria County, Pennsylvania, senior citizens may be able to arrange transportation through the senior services buses.

By Rail

Amtrak stops in Johnstown and Altoona.

By Plane

Approximately 101 miles (2 1/2 hours) from Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.

Approximately 171 miles (3 1/2 hours) from Washington, DC, Dulles Airport

Approximately 244 miles (4 1/2 hours) from Philadelphia International Airport.

Commuter flights may be available to the Johnstown-Cambria Airport, 30 miles (45 minutes away), or the Altoona/Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, 23 miles (35 minutes away).

Did You Know?

Railroad track attached to a 'sleeper'

When the Portage Railroad opened on March 18, 1834, it was a single track line. The rule was when 2 drivers met the one who had passed the center post had the right to go on. The other driver had to back up. Some sat nose to nose until a magistrate determined who got to the center first.