Another amazing site to see in the Buffalo National River area, is Hemmed-In Hollow, nestled within the Ponca Wilderness Area. It has the highest waterfall between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, cascading 210 ft over the bluff’s edge. You can usually catch the falls with some water flowing over, but if you manage to visit after a nice storm, you’ll be in for quite a treat. The waterfall can be accessed from multiple points including river access via the Buffalo River. The river access is the easiest hike to get to the falls as it is the shortest with little elevation change. It can also be accessed from the Compton Trailhead off of Hwy 43. This is a very steep and strenuous hike that descends nearly 1,400 ft in a little over 2 miles. Plan accordingly as the hike back up is no small task.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trail Length: 5 miles round trip
Location: 2hrs south of Springfield off Hwy. 43
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
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