Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length5.5 miElevation gain1,404 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeBugsRockyNo dogs
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Getting There

Gravel parking lot at the trail head.

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.

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Danny Gassaway
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I truly wish AllTrails would classify the ratings better. HIH is very rocky with a steep descent. There are several places you can fall. However, it’s not that bad. It is steep going out. They rate this as difficult. They have the same rating for Longs Peak in Colorado where there is a lot of scrambling and Class 3 Climbing. Longs is much more difficult but has the same rating. They really need to work on how things are rated. With that said, the trail was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous waterfall. The only reason I’m giving a 4 over 5 is because of these man made steps/stairs within the first half mile. It defeats the purpose of a true trail. I’d rather have a very tough trail with scattered rocks that takes a lot more effort going down and coming up. It would be more difficult and have a better chance of spraining an ankle but it would be more realistic. As far as mileage. I went exactly on the map given. I did go back and forth by the rocky beach at the Buffalo. I was tempted on crossing but decided not to. My Garmin had me at a 6.01. Without the movement on the rocks and a lot of back and forth at the falls, I’d say a 5.90. Great hike. Steep climb. Very beautiful!

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Pat Robinette
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HikingGreat!

Had a great time on the trail. It is the tallest falls between the Rockies and Appalachians. It is a long haul back up to the top so take water.

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Grace Zhang
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HikingGreat!

The falls are spectacular and absolutely worth it. But this is a somewhat boring hike until you get to the falls.

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Shawna Mason
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Ch Lewis
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Anthony Guiltner
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The map is misleading; the descent is not nearly as gradual as you might guess. The falls are spectacular after a good rain or snow with many smaller falls along the way. Worth the time, but very difficult hike back up.

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Chris Edwards
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Steep but don't give up orth the work.

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RJ Torres
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Jennifer Potts
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

We went in Jan 10, In about 5-7 inches of snow! it was beautiful! Some spots were slick and took our time. The snow disappeared about the bluffline of the falls. The falls was flowing greatly beautifully! A great time but.. the hike out is brutal.

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Layne Wetherbee
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Fairly difficult (depending on fitness level) but totally worth it. We had snow and ice along the way and at the falls. Water was flowing really well.

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David Sevier
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Ryan Joyner
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

One of the best trails I’ve ever been on. Gorgeous overlooks and not to mention 3 waterfalls. Take the extra .4 of a mile to the river at the end. It’s worth it. In terms of difficulty I give this a moderate rating. The trail was very safe overall with the hardest part being the uphill climb on the way back. My wife is in great shape and I’m in good shape. We huffed and puffed toward the end, but honesty I’ve done worse that were rated moderate. If you’re not at least in average shape I wouldn’t chance it, but overall not as bad as people have made it sound.

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Andy Farmer
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Challenging trail on the way back up. Very safe and worth it.

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Chris Davis
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HikingIcy

On the difficult side of hikes. We hiked after a heavy rain and the Waterfall was awesome. It was also after some freezing rain so the the views were great.

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Sheri Burton
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The trail was very easy to follow. The water was flowing beautifully today. Thing is the trip back up is gruesome! It was still well worth the hike.

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robert ward
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Great trail! Great Falls!!

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Neha Srivastava
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! Challenging on the way back since it's all uphill. Would have been nice to have shoes with a bit more traction for this trip. Took us in total 4 hours (3 hours hiking and 1 hour at the waterfall).

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Denise Tang
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fun trail definitely worth the hike. just keep in mind what goes down must come back up....

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Houston Davis
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Even with very little water, this trail did not disappoint.

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Tanisha Mize
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Wonderful trail. One of the busier in the area so be mindful of timing. I wouldn’t rate as hard but the out could be difficult for some as it is straight up. Beautiful and rewarding even when the falls are just a trickle. Highly recommend taking the trail down to the river (adds 1.4 miles)

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Stacie Jeanminette Brown
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Mahal Burr
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Had a lot of fun climbing behind the falls!

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emma stanley
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HikingRocky

very pretty! not much water coming from the falls due to the time of year but still beautiful

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