Hemmed in Hollow Trail

#1 of 6 trails in Buffalo National River Wilderness
Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles 1335 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash kid friendly birding camping hiking nature trips walking forest river views waterfall wildlife bugs rocky scramble
Hide Map

Gravel parking lot at the trail head.

Hillary Wooley
3 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful waterfall and easy trail in from the river!

17 days ago

Breathtaking hike! Definitely worth the effort it takes to hike out.

Brandy Rivera
18 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

very long out and back. all uphill on way out, but the waterfall and the scenery was stunning.

Daniel Dossey
19 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

The 1st half of the hike is pretty easy going, descending about 400 feet over a mile+, but the 2nd half you drop down another 1000 ft over a mile+. It's definitely an athletic hike, but we saw families and couples of ALL ages making the trip. Will definitely do this again and use it as a great source of exercise. *If you have bad knees, this may not be a good hike for you.

Next time we'll go earlier in the day so we have more time to spend down at the waterfall. We'll probably pack a lunch, bring some hammocks and clothes for getting wet.

We went 3 days after rain and it was still flowing pretty well.

Andrea Goulet
20 days ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

Eric Skaggs
26 days ago

1 Completed6 Reviews

easy going down from Trailhead but the hike back up requires some energy! I like to pack light and bring water and snacks!:) leave the stuff you don't need at home!

On the way down the first part of the trail is somewhat flat but soon heads down many natural steps! the trail has long switchbacks in parts along with many natural places to stop and rest.

go anytime after heavy rain!

There's actually more waterfalls on this hike just before reaching the main waterfall at Hemmed In hollow, there's another couple waterfalls if you take the trail to the left once at the bottom of the trail.

you can walk right up to the falls and even behind them but be warned the rocks are very slippery!

there's a trail that come up to the hollow from the Buffalo river but trails not marked down there and unless you know your way around these parts its best to hike from the trailhead from up top.

Hemmed has the biggest natural waterfall in the state of Arkansas.





Lisa Hyatt
27 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hemmed in hollow is a tough trail so if you are not in sharp it's going to be tough coming back up.. Took a dog with us and had a park ranger waiting for us and told us dogs were not allowed. This was the toughest trail I have hiked so far but well worth it..

Roger Suggs
29 days ago

34 Completed34 Reviews

Try to go after a rain but it's a great hike anytime. The hike back up will definitely work you out but it isn't something most people can't do. We took our time at the falls and it still only took about 3.5 hours.

Michael Mayberry
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hiked it twice, best to go after a good down pour, but it's a beautiful place to experience and be

Janae Hilton
1 month ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

This was my 1st "real hike". Loved it!! Going down my knees got a bit shaky & going back up well I could feel the burn in my legs. I've got bad knees and was shocked they didn't swell or hurt!! Woke up with sore calf muscles though ., lol. The trail is clearly marked out. Also we went on a Saturday and their were quite a few hikers that day. Many times I would have to pull over to let other experienced & in shape hikers by. :-)) However I did over pack my back pack for this trip. I packed like I was going to get lost, but i had no clue what I was getting into. I hope to go back soon as this hike was a great challenge! It's beautiful & the waterfall was running and such a fun time having a little picnic near it! Took 4.5 hrs & only rested at the first little camp on the way down mainly too Bc theirs a rock that hangs out over the edge and offers a beautiful view of the bluffs. Great memories were made along with the feeling of pride in doing it. Have fun!!!

Gina Bishop
1 month ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

very nice trail, beautiful waterfall! easy in, tough coming back out.

Christina Hahn
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

My standard poodle and I had a great hike. Definitely challenging coming back up, but will worth it.

Evan Bishop
1 month ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Awesome trail, you have beautiful sights, especially the falls outlook. The trail is slightly difficult going back up from hemmed in hollow but we'll worth it, one of the best waterfalls I have ever seen.

Ryan Puckett
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

I can't speak for the whole trail because we came in from kayaking the buffalo which is just about a mile I think. But the water fall and all views in between were awesome!

Troop527 BSA
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Lots of fun, lots of ups and downs, and had to take a lot of breaks on the way up.

Angela Victoria
1 month ago

6 Completed3 Reviews

Decided to take this hike on a whim while we were in Ponca. It was far more difficult than we thought it would be but well worth it. With plenty of water and taking frequent breaks even the 15 week old Catahoula pup made it!

Josh FunkyMonkey
1 month ago

29 Completed11 Reviews

Very nice hike well worth it!

Robert Lloyd
1 month ago

8 Completed1 Reviews


Chris F.
2 months ago

Very Fun. Great Views. Not as Challenging as I thought it would be coming back up. Had a Great hike though.

Steve Johnson
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It took us roughly 3 hours total to do this hike. The walk back up was difficult and steep, and your calves will be sore and on fire the next morning. BUT, I would have to say the hike was worth the time and pain. Very beautiful waterfall and creek