Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

2.44 (Class 3)


30 feet

 Tallest Drop:

30 feet

 # of Drops:





Smith River






USGS Bristol 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


35 C10



The falls from downstream, click to enlarge

The falls from downstream, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge



Bristol , Grafton County, NH , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from downstream



Profile Falls is a large and wide waterfall on the Smith River a little ways outside of the town of Bristol in New Hampshire. It is the focal point of the Profile Falls Recreation Area. The falls are named for a "profile" of a face on the rocks to the right of the falls. This can be seen in silhouette if you stand in the right place.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

You'll want to walk around and explore the area, including both sides of the river. There are several vantage points. Have your tripod, polarizer, and warming filter ready. Various focal lengths, 35-105mm, will be helpful. The falls have a southeastern exposure, so later in the day, or preferably on an overcast day will be best.



Take Route 3A south from Bristol. About five miles from Bristol, you'll see a town line marker for Bristol and Hill adjacent to a stone bridge. Take the left just before the bridge onto Profile Falls Road. Follow this road about 1/4 mile turning into the well marked parking lot on the right. Park in the lot and and follow the short path to the falls.