While the Allegheny Portage Railroad was built over 180 years ago, the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site has an experience that allows visitors to imagine what it was like for the engineers and builders to conquer the Allegheny Mountain.

The Inclines 6-10 Hiking Trail, which begins at the main park unit, traces the route of the railroad from Incline No. 6 to Incline No. 10. This trail is about 8 miles long. Because it traces the route not just of the levels, but also of the inclines, it is uneven and moderately difficult. 

To build the Allegheny Portage Railroad, the builders put incline planes on the steep heighths of the mountain and level sections where possible. The trail allows visitors to take in the obstacles and difficulties that had to be overcome to create this unique railroad. 

While most of the buildings, especially the Engine Houses, are gone, signage along the way indicates where these buildings would have been. As you hike the trail, just imagine the feeling of the workers and travelers as for centuries the Allegheny Mountains were an impediment to travel and now they had been conquered and opened in a way unheard of before. 

Last updated: March 28, 2015