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
1528 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
2 days 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
2 days ago

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

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

17 days 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
27 days 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!

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

It was a hard hike and when we got to the falls it was only a trickle if your not in shape for stairs don't go. float the buffalo and hike in that way. it was beautiful down at the waterfall though.

backpacking
29 days ago

Great hike, great scenery, tons of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing!

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hiking
1 month ago

Amazing and beautiful ! A nice half days hike in and out ! Spectacular views. You need a little experience , although I have seen families . Waterfall is beautiful after rains, or in winter , spring !

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hiking
1 month ago

For those following GPS, you'll want to take NC 2700 road to the Compton Trailhead (the sign for the turn off to the trailhead does not list Hemmed in Hollow).
As others have said, the hike in is great, but the hike back out is a bit strenuous.
Make sure you bring insect repellent (lots of ticks and mosquitoes) and an adequate amount of water to last through the trip back.
On the way, you'll pass a couple other waterfalls, so don't let them be confused for the finale....which towers above you (I think 209 feet up?).
Took us 1 hour 20 minutes in....and 1 hour 30 minutes back out....at a medium pace.
There are a couple of campsites along the way.
Hope this is helpful to someone!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike down to the falls. A lot of steps out but well worth the trip. Spent the night in hammocks in one of the areas on the trail.