Basic Information

The park is located in Cambria County, PA, and is at the summit of the Allegheny Mountains. Therefore, the park often takes on winter extremes. If planning on traveling from a long distance, please contact the park beforehand to ensure that the facilities are open. Please consult weather forecasts to ensure conditions are safe to travel in. Spring, summer, and fall are generally uneventful, but severe thunderstorms can occur.

Entrance Fees:

Per Person Fee - $0.00

Admission is free at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

Entrance Passes:

America the Beautiful-U.S. Military Pass - $0.00

Free. Yearly pass for Active US Military members, including the National Guard and Reserves; renewable each year during your active duty service, including the National Guard and Reservies. This admits the service member and his/her dependents in the party.

Access Pass - $0.00

For US Citizens or Permanent Residents of any age who have a permanent disability (must show proper documentation); good for life. This admits the guest and three additional adult guests in the party.

Every Kid in a Park-4th Grade Pass - $0.00

Fourth graders may go to this website, and complete a short, fun activity. Students can then bring in their printed certificate and exchange it for a pass good for one year. Students must be in the fourth grade and adults may not use the pass without their 4th grader present.

Summit Level Visitor Center

Located immediately off of US Route 22 at the Gallitzin Exit, this is the best place to start your tour. The park movie is shown in the indoor 60 seat auditorium as requested to give a concentrated overview of the park story. The program lasts approximately twenty minutes. The movie is a dramatic interpretation of what it was like to work and travel on the Portage Railroad. A fictional character, Edgar West, explains life on the canals then speaks of a change of occupation to Portage Railroad.

When you see this sign, you will know that you have arrived at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

National Park Service

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is located in southwestern Pennsylvania approximately 12 miles west of Altoona. Today's park covers 1249 acres. The main unit contains the Summit Level Visitor Center, the historic Lemon House, Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter, the Skew Arch Bridge, picnic area and hiking trails. The Staple Bend Tunnel unit is located approximately 4 miles east of Johnstown, PA.

Park Site Bulletins (things to supplement information in the park's regular brochure- unigrid). All are PDF format.

Volunteers-In-Parks Program how you can help at Allegheny Portage

Planning A Safe Visit general information about hazards, etc

Forest Vegetation information on forest monitoring within Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Invasive Species Early Detection-Plants and Pests information on invasive plants and pests in the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network

Climate Change information detailing predicted climate change in the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network

The Lemon House the history of the building and its owners

Guide To The Lemon House the self guided handout for visitors to the Lemon House

Reproductions where Lemon House reproductions were obtained and how you might decide which are appropriate for your project

Repointing information on the Lemon House mortar work

Skew Arch Bridge details about this park feature

Trails Summit area trails including ski landmarks (power lines, gas lines), suggestions of other trail resources

Inclines 6 to 10 Trail map of the main route as well as spur trails

Staple Bend Tunnel details and directions to this park feature

Researching The Portage information for adults and children who want to learn more or find their family history related to the Portage

The Lafayette details concerning this model on permanent loan from the B&O Railroad Museum

Last updated: December 10, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641


(814) 886-6150

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