Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site encompasses a total area of about 1,284 acres of land that is located approximately 12 miles west of Altoona in southwestern Pennsylvania that is off the Gallitzin Exit that is on US 22. The historic site was established on August 31, 1964, and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) on October 15, 1966.
The railroad had, however already been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on December 29, 1962. The park is today managed by the National Park Service. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site preserves parts of the first railroad that crossed the Allegheny Mountains.
This inclined plane railroad was built in the early 1830s and had the primary purpose of transporting freight and passengers over the Allegheny Mountains between 1834 and 1854. Besides providing a critical link to the important Pennsylvania Mainline Canal system, the railroad also served a vital role in exposing more opportunity towards the interior of the United States to settlement and trade.
Besides the historical significance of the park, the place is also a favorite among visitors that love to engage in recreational activities like hiking, having picnics, and learning through self-guided tours. Some of the facilities in the park include restrooms, a picnic area, visitor center, museum, and a self- guided trail. Visitors to this historical site can bring their dogs but must ensure that they abide by the rules of the park.
Generally, visitors and their dogs are not allowed into buildings in the park. Additionally, in areas of the park where visitors can access, it is expected that dogs will always be on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. Furthermore, all dog owners must immediately clean up after their dogs to ensure that there is no inconvenience to others.