"...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 view of the Visitor Center at sunset.
Summit Level Visitor Center

Start your visit here! Get oriented to the park, view exhibits, and watch our introductory film.

Engine House
Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter

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

Colorful chairs at tables in the dining room of the Lemon House.
The Lemon House

Visitors can explore the first floor of this historic building that operated as a tavern during the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

Park entrance sign with flowers
Operating Hours & Seasons

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

Staple Bend Tunnel
Staple Bend Tunnel

Hike or bike to the first railroad tunnel in America, a 3 drive from the Visitor Center. The trailhead is located in Mineral Point.

A gold volunteer ornament with a stone tavern in the background.

Volunteer with us!

NPS app

Download the NPS app and learn about the park from your mobile device!

Last updated: March 30, 2024

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110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641


814 886-6150

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