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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630
+1 814-886-6150
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Wonderful place for a walk for people of all ages. Beautiful boardwalk walk down to the Lemon... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joan K
Indiana, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Beautiful and impressive.

Once again the NPS has done a good job preserving a bit of history so that the accomplishments of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rochester, New York
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Experience railroad history at this historic Pennsylvania site.
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110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630
+1 814-886-6150
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place for a walk for people of all ages. Beautiful boardwalk walk down to the Lemon House. Very interesting.

Thank Joan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again the NPS has done a good job preserving a bit of history so that the accomplishments of others can be seen. The area is stunningly beautiful, the signage explaining each thing was excellent and not too wordy. What a way to cross the...More

Thank Cherie1971695
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful entry drive, buildings, exhibits, video of Portage Railroad and walk thru woods on plank walkway. A hidden gem for all ages.

Thank Colorado_Wine_Guy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great presentation of historic method to transport people and cargo across the mountains. Visitors center has displays explaining operation of system. A walkway thru the woods takes you to the engine house and Lemon house. There is a nice picnic area, but it is accessed...More

Thank justtony1663
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most people have heard of the Erie Canal but the canals in Pennsylvania were important too. I did not know about the portage railroad/canal until visiting this NPS site. Very interesting movie at the visitor center to get you started. Displays and photos in the...More

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The Allegheny Portage Railroad Museum shows how barges could be moved over hills and ridges, by putting them on rail carriages and pulling them up to the summit with cables and stationary steam engines. They would then be let down the other side of the...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Many people have heard of the Horseshoe Curve but far fewer know about how the people and cargo crossed the mighty Allegheny Mountains BEFORE the curve. Well, here it is, The Allegheny Portage Railroad. This was part of the Pennsylvania Canal which crossed the state...More

1  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We visited this historic site in the fall. The museum was interesting and included hands-on exhibits for children, as well as many photos and stories which we enjoyed. The walk through the woods was pretty and had several educational spots, benches for resting, and was...More

1  Thank Diana H
Reviewed 1 July 2017

When the Allegheny Portage Railroad went into operation in March 1834, it was hailed as a great technological feat and an engineering marvel. For the next 20 years the railroad hauled passengers, cargo and canal boats over the Allegheny Mountains between Hollidaysburg and Johnstown. Our...More

2  Thank Larry T
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A great movie in the visitors center to orient you to the visit. A slight walk to see the tracks, the wheelhouse and the tavern. A ranger to give details and insights at every important place. Never realized about this land mark. Very pleasant and...More

1  Thank dee8306
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