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Your Guide to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Take a trip to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. This guide includes hours, weather, fees, maps, and directions. Make a copy and use it for yourself!

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The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline 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.


The park is located just off U.S. Route 22 approximately 12 miles west of Altoona and 10 miles east of Ebensburg. Take the Gallitzin Exit and turn right, following the signs. Visitors prior to 1992 accessed the park in other ways, but the GALLITZIN EXIT of US Route 22 is now the way to access the visitor center and historic area.

GPS: lat:40.42977467, long:-78.57431622

Physical address: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA, 16641


Admission is free to visit Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site as well as all five Western Pennsylvania National Parks.


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.

Contact Information

Phone: 8148866150

Hours for Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

The Summit Level Visitor Center and Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter are open daily from 9 AM- 5 PM. Park buildings are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park grounds and trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Times listed in "Standard Hours" will reflect building operations. View closures:

Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM