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Hemmed In Hollow – Buffalo National River- Arkansas

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow


Hemmed In Hollow waterfall is the “Tallest waterfall between the Rockies and Appalachians” with a single drop of 209 feet.  Wind will cause the falls to sway from side to side during the long drop.

Located along the Buffalo National River part of the National Park Service, there is no entry fee or usage fee for the trails to the waterfall.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to get to Hemmed In Hollow is in the spring when you can float the Buffalo River to get to the falls, this is also the best time for more than just a trickle of water.
Where it is: The waterfall is located in the Ponca Wilderness Area part of the Buffalo National River park.
Directions: My favorite way of reaching the falls is by canoe.  Put in at either Ponca or Steel Creek on the Buffalo National River and float to the trail from the river. The trail is not marked and could be hard to find if not familiar with the river.  It is about 3/4 of the way to Kyles Landing, if there are many people on the river it will look like a canoe parking area on the left side of the river.  Once on the trial it is very easy to follow.
Map: nps-map
Buffalo Adventures Canoe Rental
(870) 446-5406
P.O. Box 414
Jasper, AR 72641

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Inc.
Ponca, AR 72670

Gordon Motel, Inc.
1-800-477-8509 or
(870) 446-5252
P.O. Box 60
Jasper, AR 72641

Keller’s Kanoes
(870) 446-2644
HCR 73, Box 39
Marble Falls, AR 72648

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
(870) 861-5522
Ponca, AR 72670

Riverview Motel Canoe Rentals
(870) 446-2616
P.O. Box 352
Jasper, AR 72641

Driving and Hiking Directions On Hwy 43, this trail can be reached by hiking a three mile one-way from either Steel Creek or Kyle’s launch areas, or four miles one-way down Old Center Point Road which runs off of Hwy. 43, three miles north of Ponca
Contact Buffalo National River
402 N. Walnut, Suite 136
Harrison, AR 72601

E-mail Us

Visitor Information
(870) 439-2502

Park Headquarters
(870) 365-2700


(870) 365-2701

GPS Lat, Lon (wgs84) 36.06420, -93.30740
N 36°3’51” W 93°18’27”
Lat, Lon (nad27) 36.0642, -93.3072
N 36°3’51” W 93°18’26”
UTM (wgs84) 15 472317E 3991113N

Tips for the Photographer

Equipment: With a height of 200+ feet you will need an ultra wide angle lens to get the entire waterfall in a single picture.  I shot the ones on this page with a 16mm equivalent lens.
What to Photograph: The waterfall itself is definitely worth the trip, however you can easily find many more great areas to photography whether hiking or canoeing an hiking.  This is some of the most beautiful country in the state.
Photography Tips: Sunny days will lead to very bright areas and very dark areas in the photograph.  An overcast day would be the best time to shoot, and it you can’t make that happen this would be a good place to learn to do High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.
Links: How to Shoot Waterfalls

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall

Buffalo National River from Hemmed In Hollow Trail

Buffalo National River from Hemmed In Hollow Trail



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