"...Even if it's as Big as a Mountain!"

The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing 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.

Summit Level Visitor Center

Summit Level Visitor Center

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

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

The Lemon House

Owned and operated by Samuel and Jean Lemon, the Lemon House served as a tavern during the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

Engine House

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.

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Operating Hours & Seasons

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

A railroad tunnel made out of stone.

Hiking and Biking

Enjoy nature on our trails!

Tunnel with a locomotive and horses

The 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.


Skew Arch Bridge

Hike or drive to the Skew Arch Bridge!

A volunteer standing in the Visitor Center.


Volunteer with us!

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Last updated: March 22, 2023

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Mailing Address:

110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641


814 886-6150

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