Burkittsville, Maryland: Spook HillDefying the laws of gravity and common sense, vehicles appear to roll backwards up a hill.
- Gapland Rd, Burkittsville, MD
- From the downtown square in Burkittsville, drive northwest on W. Main St./Gapland Rd. You'll head uphill and see a large red barn on the left. Drive past the barn, over the crest of the hill, and almost to the bottom of the hill on the other side. Stop, put your car in neutral, and coast backward uphill. Watch out for cars coming over the hill behind you!
- Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
Visitor Tips and News About Spook Hill
I just did this and it really works. You seem to be going uphill backwards. Just amazing![Rick, 03/24/2012]
Have been there several times and car did appear to roll uphill. Last time there in 27 ft. motor home. Motorhome did not roll uphill but... GPS spoke in a different voice and language, and a magnet-based level that was stuck to the range hood fell/was knocked off onto floor.[lee, 12/19/2011]
Oh my goodness. It really works! We put the car completely in park first to make sure there was no rigging. And when we threw it in neutral, the minivan, with 7 people in it, quickly began to accelerate uphill. Well worth a side trip![Lisa M, 10/10/2011]
Point your car towards town and the red barn at the intersection of Gapland and Mountain Church Road and put your car in neutral. You definitely feel as if the car is being pulled uphill! Fun![Kelly, 07/07/2010]
I live in Baltimore -- I had to go to Spook Hill after reading the other posts here. I found it easily....no GPS. I put my Jeep in park to completely stop it at the bottom of the hill. Then putting it in neutral, it did begin to move up the hill. I was surprised, as I was skeptical, but it did happen.[Kathy, 06/08/2010]