Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Planning Your Visit

Things To Do

The Allegheny Portage Railroad is hosting "Coal Mining Days" as part of the "One Book One Community" program. Pat Hughes author of "The Breaker Boys" will be present to sign books and speak about her wonderful coal mining story. Park rangers will be in historic costume giving demonstrations of log hewing, stone cutting and other mining techniques. Schools are invited to come and participate. Call 814-886-6140

Plan Your Visit

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 #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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Open 7 days a week year-round, closed Veterans Day (November 11), Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January), Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February).

Park hours can change due to holidays and inclement weather. If traveling a great distance you may want to call the park for operating hours.

Fees & Reservations



$4 - 7 Days

Applies to ages 16 and over. Children 15 and under admitted free


SW Pennsylvania Park Pass

$15 - 12 Months

Allows entry to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial, for pass holder and accompanying spouse, children, and parents.


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)

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.

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

Contact Us

By Mail
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641

By Phone
Visitor Information
Pennsylvania Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY)

By Fax

Frequently Asked Questions

How long did it take to travel from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia during the days of the Mainline Canal? ANSWER 3-5 DAYS

How much did a ticket cost? ANSWER 10 DOLLARS