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.
Inclines Six to Ten Trail
Summit to Foot of Ten
The 6 to 10 Trail System of the park follows the route of the Allegheny Portage Railroad (APRR) of the 19th Century. The hiking sections of the trail are located on or near the original route of the APRR. The bicycle section is located on the route of the New Portage Railroad.
Trailheads are located at the park Visitor Center (Gallitzin Exit of U.S. Route 22) and along Dry Run Road Duncansville). Parking is available at the trailheads as well as State Gamelands parking lots.
The entire 6 to 10 Trail System is about 10 miles long. Please respect the private property of nearby landowners. The trail section from the Visitor Center to Muleshoe is for hiking only. Bicycles are NOT permitted on this section. The section from Muleshoe to Foot of Ten has a limestone dust surface and can be used by bicyclists.
Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail, except on designated driving lanes for access to the State Game Lands and the handicap parking area. Please contact the park for details about this access.
Pets MUST be on a 6 foot leash at all times when on park property.
Wear bright colors during hunting seasons. Hunting is NOT permitted on park lands but State Game Lands will be busy during hunting seasons.
Learning the History
Wayside displays will be installed at the trailheads and along the trail. Ranger guided walks occur on a regular schedule, look at the Calendar of Events for details.
There are culverts and other remains of the Portage railroad along the trail route. Please respect YOUR NATIONAL PARKS by not damaging these resources. Many of the remains are along 'spur trails' where the trail surface is rough and bicycles are not permitted.
A map of the trail is available at the Visitor Center or under the brochure link of this site.
Did You Know?
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.