Hemmed in Hollow

Compton, AR
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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 moderate. 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.

Gravel parking lot at the trail head.

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52 Completed 52 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.

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1 Completed 1 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.

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22 Completed 22 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.

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5 Completed 5 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

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11 Completed 8 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.

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3 Completed 1 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.

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12 Completed 11 Reviews

This trail kicked our butts. Definitely not for kids. We had three young ones with us and the pooped out early. Take plenty of water with you and expect to land on your butt a few times from the loose rocks and rugged trail. I TELL YA THIS IS A TRAIL FOR ADVANCED HIKERS TO A POINT. There is a campsite about .5 miles from the falls that is nice. Definitely wanna watch the weather before you go also. It started raining on us and it made our hike up HELL!!!

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22 Completed 19 Reviews

Great trail coming in from Compton trail head. I've hiked this multiple times and by far the best time was during freezing weather. There are some huge I've formations around the waterfall. You can also hike to the top of the waterfall if you go up around the left side of the waterfall. Be careful, it is a long drop from the top of the waterfall. This is a great hike to get initiated to the Buffalo River area.

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Jean-Claude Boattini

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7 Completed 3 Reviews

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10 Completed 6 Reviews

Have been to this site numerous times over the years and always enjoy it. Is starting to show a lot of wear from use as the region becomes more popular. It is magnificent when the water is right and the plants are greening. I find it easiest to get to from the river by boat

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