"...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.

Visitor Center building
Summit Level Visitor Center

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

Engine House building with railroad tracks in the snow.
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.

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

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

A tree in the park with ice on the branches.
Operating Hours & Seasons

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

One type of footwear used for snowshoeing
Planning a winter visit!

This page will help you plan a winter visit and winter activities at the park.

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.

NPS app

Download and learn about the NPS app!

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Volunteer with us!

Last updated: December 2, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641


814 886-6150

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