Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site


The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed over the Allegheny Mountains. The Allegheny Portage Railroad operated between 1834-1854 and was considered a technological wonder in its day and played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States to trade and settlement. Built on a system of ten inclined planes and a nine hundred food tunnel carved through solid rock, it played a vital role in linking eastern United States to the west. Stretching across 36.6 miles, the park is narrow and linear. Natural resources common to the northeastern Appalachian region, such as oak forests and white-tailed deer, can be seen along the historic railroad trace and throughout the surrounding lands. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is located in southwestern Pennsylvania approximately 12 miles west of Altoona, between Johnstown and Hollidaysburg. Today's park covers 1249 acres. The main unit contains the Summit Level Visitor Center, the historic Lemon House, Engine House #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. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site continues to host a summer lecture and concert series on Saturdays.




The park is located just off U.S. 22 approximately 12 miles west of Altoona and 10 miles east of Ebensburg. Take the Gallitzin Exit and follow the signs.


Approximately 2 1/2 hours from Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. Commuter flights may be available to the Johnstown Municipal Airport (45 minutes away) or the Altoona/Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, PA (45 minutes away).

Public Transport: 

Amtrak stops in Johnstown and Altoona. There is no public transportation to or within the park.