Hemmed in Hollow

HARD
#1 of 22 trails in Buffalo National River
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Hemmed in Hollow is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Compton, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from March until October.

5.1 miles 1135 feet Out & Back
camping hiking bugs forest river rocky scramble views waterfall wildlife
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Gravel parking lot at the trail head.

Whitney Reed

3 Completed3 Reviews

Hemmed in Hell. Haha. Easy hike in. Very strenuous hike out. Will make you reevaluate your fitness level.

Austin Vanderveer

1 Completed1 Reviews

Like everybody says, hard but fun. Down is pretty easy but take your time and rest and eat something before you make your way back up, it's pretty tough.

Nathan White

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hard but fun

Samantha Britton

2 Completed2 Reviews

Such a beautiful hike. We just went this past weekend and even during the fall when everything is pretty much brown it was gorgeous. Can't wait to go again during the spring!! We saw several kids/preteens on the trail. I wouldn't recommend for younger kids since it is a little difficult on the way back up. But all in all a great trail!!

Austin Hurst

11 Completed12 Reviews

A little challenging if you are not in good shape. Beautiful falls that is well worth the long and somewhat steep descent and ascent. Would recommend reserving at least half a day to fully enjoy it. Also best if seen after rain or in colder months when the water is high.

Austin Hurst

11 Completed12 Reviews

A little challenging if you are not in good shape. Beautiful falls that is well worth the long and somewhat steep descent and ascent. Would recommend reserving at least half a day to fully enjoy it. Also best if seen after rain or in colder months when the water is high.

Ben Olson

14 Completed14 Reviews

Truly one of the most beautiful places in the Buffalo River Region. If you're going to go, there's 3 things that are important to know. 1. It's one of the most strenuous trails in the region 2. You're probably not going to get cell service 3. You aren't going to see much water flowing unless it has been raining a lot.

Jeff Towell

14 Completed15 Reviews

Bryon Drown

4 Completed2 Reviews

Definitely one of the best trails of the area. In mid September the falls was just a trickle but the view was still stunning. Bring water because it's a long climb back up.

Rob Speer

2 Completed2 Reviews

Love Hemmed in Hollow. There is something for everyone here, as long as everyone likes hills. As usual in summer you'll be dealing with bugs, I actually prefer this hike during fall and winter when the bugs are gone and the leaves are off for a better view. The turn to the actual Hemmed in Hollow waterfall is one people often miss at the bottom, so make sure you know where to take that left. There are a couple of little overlooks of on the way down that are worthwhile. Save some energy for the trip back up because it's a steep one. Hemmed in Hollow can also be accessed from the river for people who like to float the Buffalo. It's about a half mile fairly level trail from the Buffalo River with some slick areas as you get near the falls. Very beautiful when the water is running. The area has a lot of other sights as well and at the bottom it connects to the Centerpoint trails for longer backpacking trips. If you like scrambling and bushwacking there is a way to go up out of Hemmed in Hollow and over to the next hollow to downclimb Diamond Falls. Along the way you will be treated to a great view down into the hollow and some really old, gnarly cedar trees. But you didn't hear that from me. ;)