Backpacker Magazine Little Rock: Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls via Buffalo National River 

Paddle the Buffalo National River into a narrow valley pinched by steep rock walls, then hike up to the largest waterfall in the Midwest on this 9.9-mile trip.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 20 Jun 2005 4:02:43 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Arkansas (AR)
Distance: 9.05 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3474 ft
Total Loss: 2649 ft
Net Change: 825 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Arkansas, Backpacking, Buffalo, Hiking, Jasper, Little Rock, waterfall, Waterfall Hikes
Rating:   2 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-40 N to AR 7 N to AR 74 W. At 13 miles, turn R into Steel Creek landing.

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Distance: 5.87 mi Points: 1044
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Hemmed in Hollow Falls (Track 1)


Distance: 3.18 mi Points: 616
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Hemmed in Hollow Falls (Track 2)

Points of Interest


Location: 36.039009, -93.335945
Steel Creek put-in; launch on R side, paddle hard to midstream to avoid water ledge


Location: 36.050648, -93.322235
River bends S near Big Bluff; a mix of Class II&III rapids ahead


Location: 36.042862, -93.317474
Hemmed-in-Hollow landing; wadeable lagoon with nice beach Note: Scant chance to land boat if overshot


Location: 36.054482, -93.314438
River jets R of small point; limestone bluffs above


Location: 36.063889, -93.307190
Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls trailhead: Beach boat, cross small creek and hike N into steep gorge


Location: 36.069962, -93.308739
Two small waterfalls rush down the hollow


Location: 36.073135, -93.307205
Rock walls cup the creek; continue upstream to the 177-foot Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls, the largest waterfall between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rockies; return to boat


Location: 36.056541, -93.299301
Drift past Lick Ford and Bear Cave Hollow


Location: 36.046482, -93.287918
Buffalo River sweeps N, passing an island; prepare for the rapids near Gray Rock, a diagonal rock that slants into the river


Location: 36.055244, -93.283302
Eddies swirl; paddle strong watching for landing on R


Location: 36.056950, -93.279716
End paddle @ Kyles Landing, where you parked 2nd car


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