Staple Bend Tunnel Trail Open, Staple Bend Tunnel Close
The Staple Bend Tunnel is closed until further notice, but the Staple Bend Tunnel trail is open for use. Again, the tunnel, NOT THE TRAIL, is closed.
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.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The park buildings are open 7 days a week 9 am to 5 pm all year-round. The buildings are closed on Federal winter holidays: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January), Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February).
The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Pets must be on a 6 foot leash at all times and owners need to clean up after their pet. There are no fees for walking the park grounds, only for accessing the buildings and historic area.
Park hours can change due to holidays and inclement weather. If traveling a great distance you may want to call the park for operating hours. The visitor center desk telephone number is (814) 886-6150.
Did You Know?
In 1834, a passenger on the Portage wrote that the engine houses appeared "like fairy castles seated on the tops of lofty hills, and shaded and surrounded by towering oaks and hemlocks". Today, a new generation of hemlock, Pennsylvania's state tree, survives in Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS.