Following the corridor of a mountain-crossing railroad that operated 1834-1854, this trail has two segments approximately 15 miles apart. The southern, crushed stone segment, about 2.3 miles long, winds though a lush forest to the renovated Staple Bend railroad tunnel, reported to be the nation's oldest. The 1.4-mile northern segment, a packed dirt and grass path, includes an original inclined plane rail bed. This trail passes historic structures including Engine House 6 and the Lemon House (once a home and a tavern for the railroad). Both trail sections retain some of the original stones that held the rails down.
Parking and Trail Access
To the south portion of trail: Head north on 271 from Johnstown. Turn right onto Camp Road. This becomes Mineral Point Road. Turn right on Beech Hill Road and cross the bridge. A stoplight directs traffic through a narrow tunnel with a blind curve. Pass through the tunnel and turn right into the parking lot. Restrooms and trail information are available here. The trail is clearly visible at the end of the parking lot next to the restrooms.
To the north portion of trail: Head east on Highway 22 from Ebensburg. Follow the signs for the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Exit at Tunnelhill St., and turn right. Tunnelhill will take you directly into the park. Parking is available near the visitor center. A fee is only required should you enjoy the exhibits located within the visitor center. The trail is accessible by following the path in the rear of the visitor center, a park ranger will be happy to point you in the right direction.
This is actually three seperate trails.
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This page for the trail listing it as the Six to Ten Trail "system" is somewhat misleading, as the trails being described are actually three seperate trails. Most people posting reviews here are actually reviewing the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail in Mineral ...
was here,was really relaxing and fun,great scenary
We accessed the “Six to Ten” trail at its south end in Franklin Borough. It connects to the “Path of the Flood” trail. (Note that according to Google maps the “Path of the Flood” trail starts in Mineral Point and heads upstream toward South Fork.) Nevertheless, ...