Lake Wales, Florida: Spook Hill

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Address:
N. Wales Drive, Lake Wales, FL
Directions:
The sign marking the start point of Spook Hill is on the east side of N. Wales Drive/5th St. about a quarter-mile south of Hwy 17/Burns Ave.
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
RA Rates:
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Spook Hill
Well-known gravity hill, prominently marked for your uphill-rolling entertainment. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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Spook Hill sign. Spook Hill

Being a curious and skeptical person, I like to experience and test things for myself. Objective data is my best friend. Since the family and I were not too far from Lake Wales, we decided to check out Spook Hill. We parked at the white line as instructed, put the car in neutral, and released the brake. Our car started rolling backwards -- which appeared to be downhill -- but according to the elevation read out on our GPS, we were going uphill. Pretty weird. Very cool.

[A. Shuman, 06/26/2014]

Lake Wales should put up a second sign: "Spook Hill spookiness verified by Global Positioning System satellites."

Spook Hill Monument. Spook Hill

A new interactive monument is being created for Spook Hill in Lake Wales. James R. Hahn, the original muralist for the Cabbage Patch Kids, recently got official approval for a 12-foot-tall monument with associated virtual and augmented reality features. It will depict the long-standing Native American legend of an Indian chief, fighting a huge alligator, which "magically" skewed nature and gravity around the famous hill. The monument is planned as a fun, commemorative addition to help spotlight Spook Hill.

[Hugh Liddle, 12/29/2012]

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