Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Take Arkansas Highway 43 south from Harrison, Arkansas to Compton, Arkansas. At Compton, look for the Buffalo National River sign and turn south onto a gravel county road. Continue on the county road and follow the signs to the Compton Trailhead.
I hiked this trail with my two sons (14 & 11). We parked at the Compton trailhead and headed down into the Hollow. The trail was fairly rugged and had some real scenic vantage points on the way down. The area around the waterfall was very picturesque and there were some real neat boulder formations near the bottom. The waterfall and rock bluff were pretty spectacular, especially for this part of the country. The water had slowed to a trickle but provided a nice cool-down on the warm October Sunday.
We opted to continue our hike to the Buffalo River and then to the Sneeds Creek trail for the return. This nearly doubled the length of the route but made it a nice loop instead of an out & back. The Sneeds Creek Trail crossed the creek at least 3 to 4 times before turning Northeast back towards the trailhead. It also took you by "Granny" Henderson's cabin, a cool landmark.
The trip was not easy and it took us around 6 hours to cover the 8+ miles. I would suggest hiking poles, especially if you have bad knees. One last note, we did come across two timber rattlesnakes and one copperhead along the trail. One of the rattlesnakes was over 3' long but was dead in the middle of the trail. While these were neat to see, it did make me a little uneasy. I'm guessing they may have been active due to the warm fall temperatures.
Worth the challenge...great calorie burn!
Took Compton trailhead in with intent of staying overnight and coming out via Centerpoint. Was unable to find way to Centerpoint so had to return to Compton. Was strenuous both down and out with pack, and was glad to have stick... might have been less strenuous if had proper type of bag. Just pack light as possible and get good tips ahead of time on where you're going ;-) Very beautiful.
Excellent hike and trail! Great area as with everything else in the Upper Buffalo and Ozark National Forest area. The hike is entirely downhill to get to the waterfall, and coming back out can be strenuous, especially during hot months and if you're carrying extra gear (photographer warning).
This is 2.5 miles straight down, and 2.5 straight up. Very taxing on the way out, but you get great views of the bluff line along the way. I would go after heavy rainfall so that the falls are even more impressive. The falls are a great place to hang out for a bit. Beautiful scenery.
Difficult hike ... I think moderate is an understatement. That being said it is definitely worth it. Beautiful is also an understatement!
This is a great hike. Easy down, difficult back out. Well worth the hike to the falls. This place is beautiful when the water is flowing. I have hiked in, rode horses in, and hiked to the falls from the river via canoe. Beautiful area!
The Compton trailhead part is not hard, but the rest was pretty tough.
Beautiful trail, but it is tough.
It was a beautiful hike. I believe that it is a little underrated make sure you bring a lot of water. I would not consider this really kid friendly unless you are taking kids used to a lot of elevation change.
Hiked this trail for the first time a few weeks ago. The first half was great, all downhill and some beautiful sights along the way. The waterfall was mostly dry when I went but it was still incredible. The hike up on the other hand was tougher than expected. It was challenging but exactly what I needed. Definitely take a lot of water for this hike!
Fantastic, but be ready to hike!
Amazing, but be ready to hike!
The bluffs are great, with the ability to camp. Go after a hard rain to see the falls and streams flow. Be ready on the way back mostly up hill, not too bad though.
Not bad to the fall but coming back is tough and great workout
Great short day hike. Waterfall was dry but still plenty of beauty to take In
Hiked this trail a month ago. Will definitely return for a second round.
This was a great trail. I have done several when I was younger while camping in Texas. I was not in shape for this one. This was the longest one I've ever done. and the hike back up was hard. It took us about 5 hours to get down there and back up from the trailhead.
Unfortunately it hadn't rained much lately, so all the streams and falls were dry. The main fall was just a trickle. I've heard the best way to see the falls is to come in from the river though. It's only about a half mile from the river. Next time we will do it like that.