Hemmed in Hollow

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Hemmed in Hollow is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Matt Carter (1539)

10 Completed11 Reviews

Just finished this hike today and I must say that it is well worth all the effort. Like stated in other reviews, this is a strenuous hike. Going down is not too bad except for a few steep spots. Going up, now that's another story. The hike up is about 2.5 miles, with 2 of those miles putting you to the test. I brought a water and a protein bar but I recommend bringing more to drink. I could of used it. The falls at the bottom is a great site, along with many other views on the way down. Highly recommend this trail if you are up for it!

Jim Bellings (322)

5 Completed4 Reviews

Stop reading and hike this trail! Just to give you an idea on time it takes to hike out.....we did it (2.5 miles) in 1 hour and 15 minutes stopping 3 times to drink water. It had rained heavily in the area and the waterfall wasn't as full of water as I expected but still spectacular.

Julie Lindstrom (231)

4 Completed4 Reviews

The waterfall is spectacular. And the view of the river was very pretty. Word of caution. It's very steep downhill. And excruciating coming up. A true test of endurance.

Jake T. (121)

The hike was challenging but the final destination (and several spots along the way) made it well worth it. The falls can be reached multiple ways (by canoe on the Buffalo followed by a 1 mile hike, by way of Centerpoint trail, or by way of the Compton Trailhead which is the route me and my friends chose to take. The route we took was almost completely downhill heading toward the falls as it lies at the bottom of the valley. The falls can be spotted about 2 miles in but to reach the base, you must keep going. Don't worry the scenery is beautiful along the way. We stopped several times at the bottom of the canyon to take pictures of great waterfalls that laid alongside the trail. The falls itself was very neat. The volume of water is not large but the 250 drop overshadows that. There is even a ledge about a third of the way up the waterfall that one can hike up to and stand behind -- it makes for a great picture spot! The climb back to the trailhead is steep, but if you take several breaks along the way it is not bad at all. We actually made it out quicker than we came down.

Allison Pederson (157)

17 Completed1 Reviews

This is one of the most challenging trails you can find. I'm in pretty good shape and it was a struggle hiking out of the hollow. Stopped for many rest breaks. If you can hike in from canoeing on the river, do that!

Trent Van Buskirk (162)

7 Completed5 Reviews

Nice hike but very steep in places, it would be difficult in the rain. One of the greatest places for views and the two waterfalls run year round. Parking is limited and was full even in the winter.

Restless Ecstasy (132)

13 Completed2 Reviews

Honza Fedak (1451)

108 Completed7 Reviews

Nice even though not very long hike. Fall colors and the river made this hike memorable. There was very little water in the waterfall; I need to come back in the spring to see it in full glory.

On the way back, I got lost and had to whack through some brushes and climb a few steep slopes and rocks to get back on trail. That definitely added adventure and some difficulty to the hike :-)

Toni Garner (148)

10 Completed4 Reviews

We went in at the Compton trail head and did the 7.4 mile loop. The waterfall was amazing. The trail along the creek to the waterfall was also great with several smaller falls. I have to say that I may never take this trail again because the hike out was so difficult. Please make sure that you save plenty of daylight hours to get out because you will have to stop to rest a few times. By the time I got back to the trail head, I felt that I had climbed an 80 story building with no elevator.

Jen York (4924)

66 Completed33 Reviews

This is a very amazing place! Unique and breathtaking. Literally. The hike in is 2.5 miles down. And then 2.5 up. Up the entire way. I am a fit person and it's a bit torturous for me. Last time I actually got sick afterward though I was well hydrated.

Just be careful. Bring snacks, water, and electrolytes for during and afterward. Oh and toilet paper for ladies just in case. Plan on spending time at the waterfall and for resting several times on the way up. Try to go when the water has been high and/or after a very good rain. Otherwise, it's not worth the work! You can also get to this by floating the upper buffalo much more easily.