Despite being located so close to the road and for being part of a town park, this waterfall was very surprising. Who knew that this section of central New Hampshire had such a mighty river with a dominant waterfall? This waterfall, a horsetail than fans dramatically across an elongated ledge, is just a portion of the park, which offers lots of trails to explore (some suitable for mountain biking), picnic tables, and bbq grills.
Profile Falls is one of our favorite waterfalls for fishing, so be sure to bring your pole as you are very likely to catch some trout or even salmon if the season is right. One downside to the falls: on two separate visits we noticed an bad odor in the air. We are unsure if the smell is from the river or not, but it prevented us from going for a swim, which is normally popular here in the summer months.
From the parking area, follow the signs upstream 0.2 mile to the falls. It is an easy and pleasant walk in the woods along a wide, well-maintained trail. After some trial and error, we believe that the best place for a photograph to be had is from the island in the middle of the Smith River.
Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.
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