Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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.
The hike is definitely worth it if the waterfall is running. The way to the waterfall is easy and basically down hill the entire time. The way back is a different story. It is essentially stair climbing straight up for approximately 2-2.5 miles. I suggest spending time at the waterfall and then even walking the extra half mile-mile down to the Buffalo River to relax before making the journey back up. All in all, the hike is definitely worth it and you feel so accomplished making it back to the top.
Beautiful hike with scattered views along the way. Downhill in - Uphill out. This is a challenging trail coming out for those less experienced or conditioned. However, the waterfall is worth the grind. Spend time at the base taking in the great panoramic views and fueling up before the trek back. Highly recommend.
Pretty good hike, a bit difficult if you aren't physically up for the challenge.
This is not a waterfall in the dry season, still a pretty hike though.
Hike is strenuous on the way back but worth it during the wet season
It was a very beautiful hike, but the trip up was more difficult than I thought. Over all a great time though
Absolutely gorgeous trail. Very dynamic, but the scenery is worth it all!
Me and a friend have backpacked this trail along with many of the trails that connect to it. Very fun trail. Easy getting down to the the falls but definitely a climb coming out. Amazing views, definitely better to go after or during a good rain when the falls are really flowing. If you climb up on the shelf behind the falls and follow it too the right it will lead you to the hidden diamond falls Wichita is Def finally worth a look. There are some really cool twisty trees up there
It was a beautiful day and beautiful scenery!! Definitely worth the hike!! I'm glad it wasn't 95*!!
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.