Your Guide to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
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.
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: https://www.nps.gov/alpo
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