How to Hike the Hemmed in Hollow Trail in Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River has no shortage of epic day hikes, and the Hemmed in Hollow Trail is one of them. 

Touted as being one of the tallest waterfalls in Mid-America, cascading over 200 feet, we’ll share exactly how to hike to this hidden waterfall tucked within the Ozark Mountains and Buffalo River Valley in North Central Arkansas.  

Safety Considerations

The Ozarks and Buffalo River Valley are known for their epic bluff overlooks, and since the area is wild and untamed, there are many steep bluffs and cliffs without safety railings.  Always know where you are stepping and be mindful of your surroundings. 

Steep Bluffs 

Once you enter the river valley, there is no cell phone reception.  There is cell phone reception at the Compton Trailhead and Centerpoint Trailhead

No Cell Phone Reception 

Self-Guided Tours

If hiking from the Compton Trailhead or Centerpoint Trailhead, the elevation change is said to be the equivalency of hiking to the top of the Empire State Building! Though going down is easy, the hike up is challenging! 

Significant Elevation Change 

There are poisonous snakes in the area. Don’t be scared, be mindful and watch where you step.  

Poisonous Snakes 

Since this is a more strenuous hike, you’ll want to ensure you have enough water and fuel to enjoy your day in the Ozarks. 

Bring Plenty of Water and Snacks 

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