Shullsburg, Wisconsin: Gravity HillDefying the laws of gravity and common sense, vehicles appear to roll backwards up a hill on a public road.
- Hwy U, Shullsburg, WI
- South of town a little over a mile, on County Hwy U (Judgement St.), about a thousand feet south of Rennick Rd. Stop and place vehicle in neutral just before the yellow 25 mph sign (there's also a mark in the road). You will start rolling backward up the hill, gradually picking up speed.
- Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Gravity Hill
I was a little concerned about safety, as it is at the bottom of a hill on a still-active highway, but during the 15 or so minutes we were messing about and trying it out, only one other vehicle passed by. I was also really skeptical, but it actually worked, and you pick up quite a lot of speed if you let yourself go for a few minutes. It was awesome![Jennifer, 10/18/2013]
Exactly as described by other tipsters, and absolutely amazing! We started rolling backwards and as we were hitting over 20 miles per hour, had to hit the brakes. I'd swear we were backing uphill! There is no sign to mark it, but the GH painted on the southbound side of the road is still there. You will have to look carefully to notice it. We missed it driving by the first time.[Alan Mitchell, 05/07/2013]
During our cross-country journey, my brother and I made the detour to experience Gravity Hill. Totally worth it! To get the best experience, start at the corner of Renick Road and County Highway U, and drive south on County Highway U (towards County Highway W). You'll see the subtle rise of the hill, then the apparent drop down the other side, where you'll stop at the "GH" painted on the road. At that point, put your car in neutral, and let gravity (or anti-gravity) do its thing.[Christopher Hale, 07/02/2012]
We made our way out to this Gravity Hill and found it just as described by others. There's a gravel turn-off and a gravel shoulder to facilitate turning around. Someone has also painted a big "G.H." and a stripe in white across the southbound lane where you are to line up your car.
Rolling backwards while facing south is much more effective then rolling forwards facing north - we tried both. A great spot![Eric Bolstridge, 08/28/2009]
After eating at the Brewster Inn in Shullsburg, we were told of this oddity, so with my German friend we had to try this out.
The sign at Rennick Rd. is missing as well as the sign at the bottom of the hill. I have a manual shift car, so we were able to coast up the hill at over 25 mph (I never realized that my car registered speed in reverse) for over a half a mile! We tried it several times and I would recommend a spotter (I had to stop several times and re-start), my friend from Berlin thought this was great fun![kendall, 06/26/2009]