GPS Coordinates: (Latitude, Longitude, Elevation)
Parking Location: 36.07305 -93.26588
Hideout Hollow Falls: 36.08080 -93.26977
Pet Friendly: No, unfortunately, the NPS is anti-dog. 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. The climb to the base of the waterfall is a little iffy.
GPS files (.gpx format) - Maps of the GPS track are at the bottom of this post.
|Hideout Hollow Falls (37 ft)|
Don't let my talk of the road between Erbie and the Hideout Hollow trailhead dissuade you from going to this nice waterfall. You don't have to travel that part of the road, and the road from Compton to the trailhead is maintained. To get there, go to the small community of Compton, 8.8 miles north of Ponca on Highway 43. The small Compton post office will be on the left (coming from Ponca). Turn right on the gravel road across the highway from the post office. This is NC-2700. At least that is what the road sign says. My Cruiser's GPS says this road is NC-2800, and my road map calls it NC-2250. The road sign says NC-2700, so that's what I'm going with. At the first intersection, turn right (to stay on NC-2700). Stay on NC-2700, and go a total of 3.5 miles from the Compton post office. There will be a place to park on the right, and a sign pointing to the Hideout Hollow trail.
We set off down the trail to Hideout Hollow Falls, and along the way I noticed how much drier it was now than when I visited the area just 11 days ago. The two small creeks you cross on the trail were not running at all. The second drainage that the trail dips down into then climbs back to the bluff is actually the drainage that Thunder Canyon Falls is in, over a mile downstream from where this trail crosses it. On my last trip, it was a challenge crossing it without getting water in my boots. Today, there was no flow at all, just some pools of water. Clearly, this creek picks up a good deal of its flow further toward Thunder Canyon Falls downstream. As beautiful as Thunder Canyon was today, it made me wonder how stunning it must have been a couple of weeks ago.
|The top of Hideout Hollow Falls,|
and the ledge you need to crawl out on just beyond it.
|Ruins of the old hideout|
This is a really nice little hike that is an easy hike to the top of the waterfall, and a way to the base of the falls that is kind of iffy, but certainly doable for most hikers. I have a hyper fear of heights but still managed it just fine. I would definitely not take small children out on this ledge, as it is just too close to the edge of the bluff. Just crossing the creek would be a little too risky as it is very slick when wet. Likewise, people that have problems with balance should stay away from this ledge, and just enjoy the waterfall view from the top. It is a long way down to the rocks below.
|GPS Track - Hideout Hollow Falls|