GPS Coordinates: (Latitude, Longitude, Elevation)
Parking Location: 36.07305 -93.26588
Hideout Hollow Falls: 36.08080 -93.26977
Pet Friendly: Yes, dogs on or off leash should be fine. I have been told that the Hideout Hollow trail is maintained by the National Park Service and that because of that, dogs are not permitted on the trail. I have not verified that either of those statements are correct. I can tell you there are no signs to that effect at the trailhead, as there are at nearby Lost Valley and the Compton trailhead. Hideout Hollow appears to be just inside the boundary of the Buffalo National River, so it probably is within the jurisdiction of the Park Service. UPDATE 6/7/2106 - This area is part of the Buffalo National River and is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Pets are not allowed on trails within the Buffalo National River, with the exception of the Mill Creek trail and the Buffalo Point campground trails. You can see the NPS policy here.
Motorcycle Friendly: No, not at all friendly to your big bike. The trailhead is 3.5 miles down a dirt road that gets pretty rough the last mile or two.
Hiking Statistics: This is an easy hike, at least to the top of the falls. It is one mile each way and the highest-to-lowest elevation change is only 150 feet. Our actual hiking time was only about 20 minutes each way. There are a couple of small creeks to cross, but I would still rate this an easy hike.
GPS files (.gpx format) - Maps of the GPS track are at the bottom of this post.
|Hideout Hollow Falls (37 ft)|
|Compton post office|
Boomer and I set off down the trail. I didn't do any preparatory work, as I mentioned, but at least I had the GPS coordinates already in my handheld GPS unit. I didn't need it. The trail is well defined and easy to follow. It is blazed with white rectangular markers similar to that used on the OHT, but not as well done. You really don't need the trail blazes either, since the trail is very easy to follow. After crossing a decent sized creek, the trail goes across the knob and follows the top of the bluffline around to Hideout Hollow Falls. I have heard this waterfall needs a good deal of water to look its best, so we must have had those conditions today. It looks great.
|Hideout Hollow Falls (37 ft)|
There is a ledge on the other side of the top of the falls that may allow access to the base. After getting home, I did a little looking around and determined one way may be to go down that creek that we crossed until below the bluffline, and then simply follow the base of the bluff around to the waterfall. Another may be to take the Cecil Cove Loop Trail, which crosses Hideout Hollow between the waterfall and Cecil Creek. Despite only going to the top of the waterfall, I would still recommend this hike. If your hiking skills or ability limits you to relatively easy hikes, this is a good one you can take with a really nice waterfall at the end and lots of wide open scenery of the Buffalo River area along the way. I'm coming back to this one, but probably in "leaves off" season so I can scout out a good route to the base of the waterfall.
|GPS Track - Hideout Hollow Falls|