Hemmed in Hollow Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

hiking
10 hours ago

This was the hardest hike I have ever done, and perhaps the most memorable. The elevation change is incredible. straight down to the waterfall, then straight up to the parking area. A good old Arkansas summer thunderstorm hit on the way up making it a wet but fun hike back up. stunningly beautiful!

15 days ago

Fantastic trail especially in the winter. Great views the whole time! Decent bouldering in some spots. The hike back uphill will get the blood flowing but the hike down is as fun as it gets

hiking
1 month ago

Have been hiking this trail since 1981. The largest free fall waterfall between the Rockies and Appalachians. Beautiful, especially in winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Certainly a cool hike, I intend to go back after a big rain as the waterfall was mostly just dripping when we were there. Make sure to bring water, but the uphill hike back is not as bad as I thought it would be.

1 month ago

Great hike. I didn't know a 2 1/2 mile down hill hike would wear you out. But wait, the uphill hike will make you rethink the downhill part. Fantastic views, bring plenty of water. Finishing the round trip will give you a sense of accomplishment. Most strenuous, enjoyed it. Do It!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. 500 feet elevation gain on way back

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls, best after a hard rain. Bring lots of water on a hot day as the hike down is an hour and a half then you have to hike back up.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but you best be in shape for the return “ up hill” hike. Bring plenty of water and take breaks.

3 months ago

This is my favorite hike. We were lucky to go right after a rain. The view of the falls from the top was beautiful but nothing compared to seeing them up close from the bottom. Worth every bit of the muddy slide down and the muddied scramble up. This trail definitely earns it's difficulty rating for that though.

4 months ago

Really nice trail but like everyone said it is not for the casual hiker. It will kick your butt coming back up the traverse. Leaves are just starting to turn soo 2 weeks from now it should really be nice. Planning on heading back in early November foe some cooler temps.

4 months ago

I love this place been there 3 times all ready

4 months ago

Beautiful scenery and an amazing waterfall but wasn't flowing very strong. Would recommend going after a rainfall to get the full effect of the waterfall. The hike out is very difficult, all steep uphill. Definitely worth the hike.

5 months ago

Pack a lunch. Don't skip leg day. The trail is no joke

backpacking
5 months ago

Way more badass than i was expecting.

5 months ago

Beautiful!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with some amazing views along the way with a beautiful waterfall at the end. The hike back out is quite taxing with significant climb up out. Great hike! ❤️❤️ From Compton Trailhead it is ~5 miles round trip and took us 3.5 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

The challenge is worth it! Just know that unless there's been a recent, heavy rain, it probably won't be flowing.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! It's very challenging, especially on the way back up!

6 months ago

Hiked it liked it! We hiked this in the morning after a storm and the waterfalls were flowing! It was amazing. There were lots of spiderwebs, but well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

First off let me start by saying heed the warning, this is a extremely steep trail, the way to the bottom will just about kill you, (depending on your level of hiking performance, there are multiple campsites along the way to the waterfall with nicely marked trails, also a nice overlook at the third campsite) but oh it is worth it once you get to the bottom, very rewarding and nice to get a cold shower at the end, but as before with a tough decline comes a even tougher incline, this trail about killed me, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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