Deep in the Ponca wilderness, draining into America’s first national river, soaring above to 209 feet, is Hemmed in Hollow Falls. Once you’re at the base of the falls, you realize this is the perfect name for the tallest fall between this countries two largest mountain ranges.
The Ozarks are special. They’re fun, quirky, off the beaten path, and untouched in many ways. Hemmed in Hollow delivers in the same fashion. Google all about it, sure. But let us give you some homegrown insight..
Get up early. Go to Ponca. See our friends at Buffalo Outdoor Center. They’ve got a store that’s UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously some of the best Arkansas gear/outerwear you can get. Their store is gorgeous and full of some of the most helpful folks you’ll find in the state.
Check out their website: https://www.buffaloriver.com/
Once you’re there, you’ve got two decisions to make;
- Get a sandwich and go to the Comton Trailhead along Hwy 43 and hike 2.5 miles down to the falls. It’s a well marked path and in good shape. The climb out is a little challenging. Take it easy.
- This is definitely our choice. Rent a canoe (must go when the water is high enough). Float down to the trail head (ask the folks at the Buffalo Outdoor Center). You’ll float right past it if you’re not paying attention. Now, instead of a 2.5 mile hike, you’ve got a half mile hike. And it’s not as bad on your knees. You’ll be able to stare up at 209 feet of waterfall that gets whisked around by the wind that whooshes in the hollow. At good flow and decent wind, the fall gets blown from side-to-side. Pretty damn cool. Take the easy walk back to your canoe and off you go to Kyle’s Landing and camp for the night. The Buffalo Outdoor Center will have you vehicle and gear waiting for you. PRETTY SWEET, RIGHT!? So now you’ve crossed off two things form your bucket list: Hemmed in Hollow and the Buffalo River. Truly one of the most scenic places in the country, much less this state.
Get out and EXPLORE!
Y’all have at it!
Phil and Jess
The Arkansas To Do Team