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

The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing 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.

Visitor Center building

Summit Level Visitor Center

Start your visit here! Explore exhibits and watch a 20 minute orientation film!

Historic tavern

The Lemon House

Owned and operated by Samuel and Jean Lemon, the Lemon House served as a tavern during the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

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.

Tunnel

The 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.

Hiking and Biking

Hiking and Biking

Enjoy nature on our trails!

Programs

Living History programs

Costumed rangers perform the tasks and trades that made the Allegheny Portage Railroad function.

Bridge

Skew Arch Bridge

Hike or drive to the Skew Arch Bridge!

Volunteer

Volunteer With Us!

Through their dedication, volunteers are making a difference to the preservation, protection, and education of the resources at the park.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641

Phone:

(814) 886-6150

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