Blowing Rock, North Carolina: Mystery HillA classic tourist attraction where gravity misbehaves. There are optical illusions and puzzles for children and child-like adults to ponder.
Visitor Tips and News About Mystery Hill
Very cool! Mystery vortex room... room is tilted downhill and you literally can lean backwards like the guy in The Matrix; and gravity throws you to the end of the room. Even the total skeptics in our crowd couldn't fight it.[A Mom With Bored Teens, 08/30/2014]
Attached to the Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock is another museum, boasting the huge aroowhead collection of the late "Moon" Mullins. He and his wife, Marion, collected something along the order of 50,000 of these relics throughout their lives. A sizable portion of that collection along with other rare finds are mounted and on display in the museum.
Just a note: the folks who run the Mystery Hill spot are extra-nice. We inquired as to how long it would take to go through the whole museum, as we had the dog in the car. To our delight, the gentleman running the place told us to bring her (the dog) on in with us -- no charge (maybe she looks younger than she is and got in on the "Children under 5 free" plan)! Now we have great scientific data on how the mysterious forces affect canines -- along with some hooty pictures! These folks are what tourism should be all about!!!! They were spendid hosts.[Jennifer L. Irvin, 12/19/1998]
After viewing your mystery spot page, I was taken back to my own experience as a child with a mystery spot. I couldn't have been more than 8 or 9 and was traveling with my parents somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains area of North Carolina. We stopped at this roadside Mystery Spot and I must say it was an actual curiosity. I was one of the kids in the audience and I volunteered my services to the guide. There was a board nailed to the far wall [of the slanted Mystery shack] with a ladder attached. The guide gave me an ordinary lawn chair with a metal frame. I took the chair up the ladder, set the rear of the frame on the board nailed to the wall, and sat down in the chair. The amazing part was there was absolutely NO SUPPORT OF ANY KIND under the front of the chair -- it simply hung there suspended in space -- I'm not kidding it really did! I even sat down in the chair and it still stayed up suspended in space. Anyway, Mystery Spots are real -- I was there and saw with my own eyes![Aaron Thomas, 12/12/1997]