The Skookumchuck site lies just north of Franconia Notch State Park and is the head of two distinct paths. One is the Skookumchuck Trail, a hiking trail that scales the north ridge of Mt Lafayette. The lower part of the trail winds among forest actively managed for logging, resulting in better wildlife habitat (and thus viewing) than on Lafayette’s more popular foot paths.
The other path beginning at this site is the paved Franconia Notch Recreation Path, often referred to as the Bike Path, running the length of the notch parallel to the Parkway for almost 9 miles to the Flume Gorge Visitor Center. The Bike Path drops 800 feet in elevation from north to south and is very winding. Riders are cautioned to watch for pedestrians, check their speed and obey bike-walk areas and other posted warnings.
Directions to Next Site: The next stop on the tour is south along the bike path. To reach it by automobile, travel south on Rte 3. After it merges wit I-93 S to become the Franconia Notch Parkway, travel 1.5 miles to exit 34C. Turn left off the exit onto NH-18 S/Profile Rd. The Hugh Gallen Wayside is a half mile ahead.