Take Highway 43 to Compton, turn east at Compton Post Office, follow signs to trailhead four miles ahead.
36.07326, -93.26404

Printable Map
Nearest Gasoline:
Ponca, Lost Valley Store
Photo Gallery: Activities:
Hiking, wildlife watching, and photography.
Special Issues:
The blufflines are hazardous for falling, keep children close. Let people know where you are hiking. This is remote
Seasonal Opportunities:
The trail is noted for its mountain azaleas in spring.
Emergency Numbers:
National Park Service  (870) 365-2700
Newton County Sheriff  (870) 446-5124
Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

Schermerhorn Trail (Hideout Hollow)

Schermerhorn Trail (Hideout Hollow)

This is a popular trail for hikers. The round trip is around 2 miles. The trail leads to a falls and old bluff shelter. The bluffline is quite scenic with large boulders and pines. Many side trails to explore as well. Watch out for slippery rocks.

In the spring and wet season, the falls run at Hideout Hollow and there is a smaller set of fall upstream. The trail is noted for its mountain azaleas in spring.

Hideout Hollow once protected war resisters.

The road to the trailhead (19) can be hazardous in wet weather. It can get rutted.

The road past the trailhead into the park is 4WD only, and not maintained.
Rocks and Bluffline, Shermerhorn Trail
Rocks and Pine on Schermerhorn Trail

Itinerary Builder -- Attractions Close to Shermerhorn Trail

Ponca Elk Education Center

(in Ponca)   Directions
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (11.7 miles, 24 mins
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility.
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
(870) 861-2432

Boxley Valley Mill Pond

GPS: 35.98829, -93.40081    ( 15.6 miles, 28 mins)
The historic spring fed Boxley Valley Mill Pond is home to a population of trumpeter swans, many different waterbirds, bald eagles in season, as well as beaver, mink, otters and the occaional raccoon. Popular with photographers and wildlife watchers. Very near the best elk viewing areas.

Smith Creek Preserve

   Directions    Web
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  ( 19.9 miles,  35 minutes
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers.  Remote, don't hike alone.

Boxley Valley Elk Herd

  (Highway 43 & 21)    Directions    Web
GPS:  35.97717, -93.40219  ( 16.4 miles, 30 mins)

Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.

Hawksbill Crag

GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698  ( 24.8 miles,  61 mins)

Popular 3 mile round trip with 200 ft elevation change. Most photographed Arkansas Landmark. Trail can be rough, a few seasonal creeks. Hazardous around bluff edges, children need to be watched closely. Bear sightings now and then.

Glory Hole

GPS:  35.82595, -93.39737 (30.3 miles, 47 mins)

This is a popular short hike of moderate difficulty. The Glory Hole is a waterfall through the top of a cave. It is a popular destination with hikers and most serious outdoor photographers.  Fairly remote, probably best not hiked alone. NFS

Centerpoint Trailhead

GPS:  36.06368, -93.36017    (8.2 miles, 20 mins)

This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.

Compton Trailhead

GPS:  36.0817, -93.30536     (2.7 miles, 10 mins)

Another trailhead down to Hemmed In Hollow, Granny Hendersons, and Sneeds Creek. Very tough hike, over 1,000 ft. descent on switchback trails. Plan to take all day for this one. Don't go alone, and don't go if you are not reasonably fit. Popular with hikers and horsemen. HIH easier hike from parked canoe.

Lost Valley Hiking Trail

  (2 miles south of Ponca)   Directions
GPS:  36.00787, -93.36625  (13 miles, 25 mins)

NPS  The most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, native american shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.