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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Jen York (3112)

44 Completed25 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.


15 Completed14 Reviews

Not to difficult and a wonderful hike.

Bob Wharton (7945)

265 Completed265 Reviews

Two thumbs up ! Way up ! Enjoy !

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.