Do you have a history loving hound? Then treat them to a visit to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Back in 1834, Allegheny Portage Railroad became the first railroad to provide direct access from Pittsburg to Philadelphia. Today, this site celebrates this furrific feat with historic infurmation and restored buildings.
Even though canine visitors are not allowed inside the historic
buildings, they can still wander around the pawperty and get a taste of the old
railroad. Be sure you check out the Skew Arch Bridge. It is an original
structure and can be found near the Lemon House. Staple Bend Tunnel is also
worth a visit. It’s a two mile walk from the parking lot. But if you have the
time and your dog has the energy, it’s a lovely stroll.
For some serious exercise, take your pooch for a hike on the 6 to 10 Trail System. These trails happen to follow the original rail route of the 19th century. Your pooch gets to combine history with their workout! Trailheads are located at the park’s Visitors Center, as well as along Dry Run Road. In total, the network of trails is about 10 miles. While some of the trails are clearly marked, there are also several spur trails that veer off the main system. Before setting off, it’s a good idea to grab a map or talk to someone at the Visitors Center about the trail system.
All trails are open to pedestrians and some are open to cyclists.
The good news is motorized vehicles are not allowed, so your pup’s hike should be
nice and quiet. Remember to bring plenty of water for both you and your furry
friend. And don’t forget the clean up bags!
Ask your pup and they’ll let you know that an afternoon
at Allegeheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is time well spent!