Hemmed in Hollow Trail

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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.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,404 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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.

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muddy
24 days ago

It was great!! I'd definitely do it again.

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muddy
rocky
28 days ago

Hiking boots, preferably Columbia Newton Ridge, with ankle support is a must. Walking stick is very helpful. First half was all down hill, which was not bad at all. Second half is a pretty steep incline of elevation back up. We saw a few primitive campsites as well. Waterfall was beautiful after the recent rain but the rain also made the hike slick and muddy. Bring lots of water and snacks. Hike took us a total of 5 hours with lots of stops.

muddy
rocky
washed out
29 days ago

First time checking out this spot! Lord was it strenuous getting back up! It was super wet and muddy which made conditions a little more rough. Overall, it was totally worth it. Boy was the water flowing! Several waterfalls getting up to the huge one. It was surreal. Highly enjoyable

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blowdown
muddy
1 month ago

Every time I do this trail I enjoy it more. It’s work, it is, but honestly step for step it’s become one of my favorites. The waterfall is special and the trip to the river is pretty as well, but this is one of the bigger elevation gains you’ll see on a hike this size in this area, and I really appreciate it. Lot of work and lot of fun every time I do it. Just a few minutes under 2 hours to go to the waterfall and back. There is one blowdown about 1/3 of the way down that probably needs to be dealt with, is pretty difficult to wiggle around, other than that just prepare to get your feet a bit wet most times and enjoy.

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snow
washed out
1 month ago

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blowdown
1 month ago

Beautiful falls at the bottom! Only one major blowdown, otherwise very well maintained trail. VERY steep, rocky, and muddy in places. Be prepared.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very cool waterfalls. Largest waterfall has a nice outcrop you can climb up to.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Good views up top. Pretty steep going down. Good ankle support is a must. Eat some food at the bottom because you’ll need all the energy you can get going back up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with some wonderful views of the valley on the way. I recommend going right after a rain and the falls will be impressive. The hike out is definitely steep and will push your endurance. Good boots and trekking poles definitely help. I didn’t use poles but my wife did, just personal preference and up to your experience and comfort level on the steep steep stuff. We really enjoyed this trail. The payoff of the falls was worth the hike out IMO.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

TAKE HIKING POLES, your knees will thank you. Well marked trail but lots of rocks. Wear sturdy shoes, tennis shoes don't count. Make sure to have water and snacks but pack it in, pack it out. The falls were beautiful. Small detour to the river was nice, even in winter.

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hiking
1 month ago

片道2.6マイル 長くてハード。杖があるとよい。

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Went a few days after rain and the waterfall was awesome. Our trail distance was from the trailhead, down the horse trail a bit accidentally, finally to the falls and then down to the river and back. Taxing but completely worth it.

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rocky
2 months ago

beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Go in the winter after a rain. I’ve gone twice in the summer and it’s DRY and with the leaves out you can’t see the river or the amazing bluffs from the trail. We went 3 days after a good rain and saw 7 waterfalls! This trail is hard for people not in excellent shape. The climb out is steep and long. Plan on stopping a lot if you aren’t in at least decent shape. It’s 100 percent worth it but you also float the King’s to it and walk in .7 miles to see the hollow. Live a good story. Adventure hard

2 months ago

This is a magnificent waterfall when it has rained. My 3rd hike there paid off when I hiked in some rain with quite a bit of rain in the past days. Make sure you also hike to the other waterfall, Diamond Falls, about a quarter mile away. They are both magnificent waterfalls when it has rained. A scenic, fairly strenuous hike. I enjoyed it even when I hiked to a dry waterfall the other two times.

hiking
3 months ago

The hike down was fine. It was muddy in early June so you need good shoes. Unfortunately at the clearing midway down where there is a view, there was also lots of human feces :/ Once we got to the bottom, we saw all the people in flip-flops who had canoed in, which is less than inspiring when you've worked hard for it. The 'waterfall' was some spitting mist and a stagnant shallow pool at the bottom. The hike out was brutal, especially in the heat. The reward is not worth the work IMO.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice trail, you’ll fly down the mountain on the way out, not so much on the way back. The waterfall is incredible, really worth the hike. Make sure you also go to the river, it is almost as nice as the waterfall. The climb back up is steady and long, steep in parts but not too brutal. GPS came out to 6.7 miles and 1,499 ft of elevation change, but I did double up just a few parts. Took just under 3 hours with stops at the waterfall and lake. Definitely will do this one again.

Huge waterfall. Strenuous climb out, but all of our kids have done it at age four as a rite of passage. There's only one point that is really an overlook. If the water is flowing, you can see the falls from there.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail. It was busy; but, well marked and easy to follow. The waterfall is well worth the trip down and back. The phone says it was 86 flights of stairs; feels like more.

hiking
3 months ago

About 5.5 miles. Pretty technical and strenuous hike. Took us about 4 hours which included 30-45 minutes of rest/hanging out at waterfall. We went after a good rain the day before and the waterfall was awesome. Had been before when it was dry and not worth it IMO. The only thing is to go slow on the way down bc it is slippery. The way back is all uphill. Take water and wear good hiking boots. Temperature outside was in the mid 50’s to low 60’s which was great.

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muddy
4 months ago

Very great hike especially after a rainfall. Strenuous and alot of elevation change. Not for young kids. The switchbacks are muddy after a rain so be careful.

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