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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Mike C (3069)

70 Completed25 Reviews

This was an excellent hike! Great for fitness, and great for the scenery. I was amazed at the fall, and the surrounding rock formations, as it was unlike anything I've seen before. The trail was also excellent, and going back to the trailhead was a great workout. We opted to take a steeper route just off to the side of the fall. The alternate route is very difficult and poorly marked, but well worth the effort for its views and time savings. JB Trading Co. in Compton gave us great intel on the trail, and a great burger after the hike!

Steve Holmes (74)

10 Completed1 Reviews

The trail is a nice decent you will defiantly think about the trip back up especially of you have a 50 lbs. pack that you will be carrying on the assent back up.. The hidden gem is an old home stead that's at the bottom. It has a story behind it and you can actually walk thru the old house, just be respectful and leave the place as you found it. All in all the hike is a great hike.

Clint Toliver (107)

9 Completed5 Reviews

The sign at the trail head says the trail is steep and strenuous, and it wasn't lying. Awesome hike though, with great views of the falls along the way down. Will hike this one again for sure.

Adam Goglia (57)

9 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike - definitely challenging coming back up! Glad I took the time while visiting!

Daniel Frew (1542)

52 Completed52 Reviews

Made this hike a few times from Compton Trail head. Its best in the cooler weather. While your in the area take Erbie road another couple of mile and hike Hideout Hollow.

Ines H (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went for a winter hike and really enjoyed the scenery. Even though there wasn't a lot of water flowing over the fall it was still spectacular. After leaving the fall follow the trail along the creek down to the buffalo river. All together was about 6 miles. Coming back in the spring after a good rain. We did not consider this strenuous - if you can walk 6 miles you can do this.

Don Darnell (1287)

22 Completed22 Reviews

This is a great, scenic Ozark hike. We hiked from the Compton TH to the falls, a 5 mile out-and-back trek. It was steep and rugged, about a 1,000 ft. change in elevation. The falls are the tallest between the Rockies and Appalachians, almost 200 ft high. But to our disappointment, there was only a trickle of water was flowing over the falls.

Dalton Frazier (158)

5 Completed5 Reviews

The waterfall was breath taking! The waterfall didn't have to much water flowing but was still awesome to see. I would like to float the buffalo down and take the short hike into the waterfall. We hiked it off of the Compton. It was a tough trail coming out, but it was so worth it!4

Julie Harrington (316)

11 Completed9 Reviews

We did this hike from the Compton Trailhead, which made it much more strenuous than some of the other methods of getting there. It's definitely not for anyone that can't take a high level of physical activity or anyone with bad knees, etc as on the way out some of the steps up are pretty high and you have to pull yourself up. The climb out pretty well wore us down, but the fall was a pretty neat site to see at least once. I'd recommend going after some rain and not recently dry weather, so you can see the actual waterfall. Though the rocks themselves are neat looking, I'd still be kind of disappointed if there wasn't any water. Speaking of water, definitely take plenty if you are using the Compton Trailhead. The two of us drank 2 bottles of water and a Camelbak full of water.

Steven Kosa (42)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail but challenging. The trail starts with a decent to the waterfall at Hemmed in Hollow from the Compton trail head (a little hard to find. It's off gravel roads and not marked well). The ascent back up is tough. Our runtastic app read an elevation loss and gain of nearly 4000 feet. We went in early September and it was sunny and 90 degrees. The gnats and Horseflies were terrible. Bring something to swat with as they attack the entire time. They could care less about bug spray. There was only a trickle from the waterfall. Early spring after some rains or late fall are probably the best times for this trail. It is Too hot and buggy in the summer. The waterfall area is beautiful and worth the ascent back up but I stress it is CHALLENGING and I totally agree with the strenuous rating of this trail. In total it took us three hours with a break at the bottom for lunch and multiple short breaks on the way back up the trail.