"...Even if it's as Big as a Mountain!"

The first railroad to cross the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the final piece of the Pennsylvania Main Line 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.

A canal boat model in the Visitor Center.
Summit Level Visitor Center

View exhibits and the park film.

Lemon House
Lemon House

Visitors can experience this 1840s style tavern that sat along the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

Machinery in the engine house.
Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter

Visitors can tour through the Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter, a replica of a building that housed stationary steam engines.

The park entrance sign with the park name.
Operating Hours & Seasons

Find out the hours of operation for park buildings and grounds, including holiday closures.

Summer programs
Summer programs

The park offers a wide variety of programs including demonstrations and guided hikes.

A railroad tunnel with luminaries.
Spirits of the Staple Bend Tunnel

Spirits of the Staple Bend Tunnel tours are family friendly. Participants will meet characters from the days of the Portage.

A railroad tunnel made out of stone.
Hiking and Biking

Enjoy nature on our trails!

Railroad tunnel
Staple Bend Tunnel

Hike or bike to the first railroad tunnel in America, a 30 minute drive from the Visitor Center. The trailhead is located in Mineral Point.

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Last updated: October 3, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641


814 886-6150

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