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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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,404 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No dogs

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Facilities
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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Reviews (657)
Photos (415)
Recordings (277)
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Riley Pittman
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HikingRockyScramble

The trail starts with a pretty steep descent with some pretty flowers around and lots of deer in the area as well. Birds are loud all over, it was quite soothing! The trail is very well marked, but isn’t for “the faint of heart” as most put it. The way down is nice, the falls are beautiful, it wasn’t flowing very much but it was still absolutely worth the hike. The river is a nice touch, again low waters right now. Nothing to complain about. A beautiful trail that I would love to visit when the water is coming through a little more! Bring lots of water and bring food, especially with this heat, you will be TIRED! I wouldn’t recommend bringing children and I don’t believe you’re allowed to bring pets. Safe hiking!

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Loren Madore
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HikingRocky

This trail was so much fun! Like the reviews said, it’s smooth sailing on the way down and quite a challenge on the way back up. Luckily the trail itself isn’t too long distance, so we were able to manage making our way back up to the top with frequent breaks and plenty of water. Be sure to bring extra water and snacks to have at the bottom before you start the journey back up the trail! The waterfall did not have much flow when we went, but I did manage to sit underneath the falling waters and it felt so refreshing. Water shoes would be helpful to have to scramble around the rocks at the bottom, but I did it just fine barefoot.

Hunter Andrews
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Hiking

Great trail. Steep on the way down. Hard climb on the way back up. The water falls were not as heavy as we thought they would be. Go all the way to the end of the trail!

Stacey Cole
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail! Keep in mind that you are going all the way downhill to the main waterfall, so you the hike out is rough. I'm in shape and it was still really hard. You'll past two other smaller waterfalls on the way to the main waterfall. The view is astounding! A couple trees were across the trail so some maneuvering is required. Also lots of stairs so perhaps not suitable for younger children or those with mobility issues.

Danika S.
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Hiking

A pleasant refuge from the heat! It was only 85 degrees when my girlfriends and I camped near this trail over 4th of July weekend, but it felt like 105 and 100% humidity at our campsite in the valley. We brought a lunch and our swimsuits to hang out at the waterfall for the afternoon. There was plenty of room to spread out and share the area with fellow visitors,(although we only saw a few other folks). The trail was shady all the way down to the fall with a few smaller falls along the way. The main waterfall wasn’t flowing very hard, so we couldn’t swim, but we could stand under the fall. I wouldn’t recommend this hike for small children or people with limited mobility because the return trip is steep with plenty of rock staircases. It would be very slippery after a rain, and some the the steps are pretty tall. There are also a few fallen trees on the trail that require you to hop over or climb under.

Amber Phillips
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Hiking

Great trail. Nice and shady. Definitely a workout coming back up in the heat!

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Dana Smith
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Hiking

This is a great trail. Down is easy, back out is a challenge upward. The falls are worth the challenge though. Very Beautiful!

Rusty Rainbolt
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HikingRockyScramble

Gorgeous waterfall and great swimming area in the Buffalo just to the left of the trail. It’s 4 miles down if you go to the waterfall and then down to the river. Steep climb back out so be sure to bring water and don’t try to bring small children.

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Lee Goldstein
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Hiking

Nice trail, well maintained, technically not difficult but trip back up is very steep most of the way. Also I came back with a tick despite using repellent so be aware.

Travis Henry
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HikingRocky

The trek down to the falls is fairly easy, some narrow paths at times, but the climb back from the falls is a rough trip, rocky and pretty steep in spots. But the falls themselves are worth it.

doug register
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Kat Boman
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Hiking

A beautiful, though steep at times trail! Several small falls along the way, and the large fall at the end took my breath away. You do need to cross water, water was low enough we did not even get wet doing so. The trail was very shaded and the towards the bottom it was nice and cool by the water fall. The waterfall was light enough we could stand behind it.

Muhammed Abdullah
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Hiking

Love it love it love it, endless places to explore here... trail goes towards Goats Bluff too... climb the rocks by the river and you’ll make your way. Be safe!

Zack S.
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Hiking

Great trail, shady and well-worn. Waterfall is worth it. But it’s difficult — long, steep uphill on the way back. If it’s hot out, you’re going to hate it. Otherwise, great. Could be very muddy if recently rained.

Sherry Walker
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Hiking

This trail is definitely a hard rated trail. Twenty some odd stairs on the way back up that are for those in great shape. Trekking poles would really help on this trail. Also don’t forget some electrolytes especially in summer months. The waterfall is definitely worth the energy. Also spray for ticks and wear a hat.

Scott Nelson
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Hiking

We hiked into the hollow, took about 20 pictures, then hiked back out in right at 2 hours. Be prepared for a tough climb out, but it is a well marked, clear trail the entire way.

lindsay johnson
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HikingRocky

Very difficult trail! Lots of uphill and branches to get around but leads to beautiful fall. Most amazing trail so far

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Lindsey Taylor
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Hiking

Absolutely an amazing stunning waterfall! The hike was beautiful! Definitely need to be Prepared with lots of water on your way back up. The trail is really steep but well worth it and great cardio! Will do again except for a lot earlier in the day so I can go down by the buffalo river for a swim.

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Stanna Dawson
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Hiking

We hiked here during our float trip from Steel Creek to Kyle’s Landing. It had just rained a couple hours before we got there then cleared. The waterfall was massive and gushing. Simply amazing. We went on the Friday before Memorial weekend in the afternoon and hardly anyone was there.

Rachel Ludeman
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HikingMuddy

So packed! Go during the week if you can. There were a lot of people coming in from the river. Some of them were drunk and falling on the slippery rocks. It was pretty stressful. Other than that, this trail is gorgeous! It’s the largest water fall in Arkansas! The trail to the falls is downhill/rock and the way back up is a 1200FT uphill hike. It is hard but we made it in about 3hrs. If you have poles bring them and lots of water! Please wear close toed shoes.

Brent Robinson
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Hiking

Would be a 5 star if not for all of the canoe and kayak people. I made a mistake to attempt to hike from the Compton trailhead on Memorial Day weekend. It was Disney World at the Falls. Way too many people and amateurs. I uploaded the photo just to give you an idea. The good news was the the Falls flow was good. The Park Service had attendants at the trailhead to manage parking ... I got the last spot. Finally, I hiked out from the river back to the trail head. It was 81 degrees today. I was pretty spent when I go to the car.

Matthew R
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Trail has decent scenery, however the trail is very slick after a rain. Be prepared to slip and slide both coming and going no matter what type of footwear you have. Hiking sticks are a must after a rain. In the end the waterfall is rewarding if you enjoy punishment first! And then wait! It’s not over... There’s more! It’s the trail that keeps giving....

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