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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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.6



Location: 36.0428619384766, -93.3174743652344

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


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Two small waterfalls rush down the hollow


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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: 36.0390090942383, -93.3359451293945

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


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River bends S near Big Bluff; a mix of Class II&III rapids ahead


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


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


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End paddle @ Kyles Landing, where you parked 2nd car


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River jets R of small point; limestone bluffs above


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Eddies swirl; paddle strong watching for landing on R


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Drift past Lick Ford and Bear Cave Hollow

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