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

    Allegheny Portage Railroad

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

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  • Road Closure

    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.

Nearby Attractions

Gallitzin Tunnels Park
-located in the town of Gallitzin, approximately 4 miles from the park visitor center.
-see a N5C Caboose, Museum, and overlook for the railroad tunnels on NS Mainlines.
For info: 814-886-8871

Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark
-located approximately 8 miles from the park visitor center, this site along the currently used railroad line is operated by the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.
-privately run, the hours and days of operation may be limited. Please call ahead.
814-946-0834

Cresson Area Heritage Park
-located on Front Street in the town of Cresson, approximately 4 miles from the park visitor center.
-see a N5C Caboose and enjoy a rail observation platform parallel to the tracks.

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
-located in the city of Altoona just off of 9th Avenue. Take the 17th Street exit of I-99 and watch for 9th Avenue just past the Altoona Public Library. It is approximately 20 miles from the park visitor center to the museum.
-privately owned and operated the hours may be limited. Please call for details.
814-946-0834

Portage Station Museum
-located at 400 Lee St., Portage, PA - Just off Route 53
- call for current hours and special programs 814-736-8589.

Ghost Town Trail
Blacklick to Ebensburg, 32 miles total trail
Open year round to hikers, bicyclists, cross country skiers and wheelchair users.
For info: 412-463-8636, 814-948-4444.

Lower Trail
Canoe Creek State Park to Alfarata (Alexandria), 16.5 miles total trail
-open to the public, free of charge, for hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, bird-watching, cross-country skiing, and other non-motorized recreation. The Trail also provides access to the Juniata River for fishing and boating.

West Penn Trail
-between Saltsburg and Blairsville, 17 miles total trail
-open to the public, free of charge, for bicycling, hiking, jogging

Local Partners & Information Resources

Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau

Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce

Railroaders Heritage Corporation

Johnstown Area Heritage Association

 
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Did You Know?

Engine House at incline plane #6

Accidents were common on the Allegheny Portage Railroad. In the 1840’s the engine house at incline plane #6 blew up killing four people.