Lewisberry, Pennsylvania: Gravity Hill - Ghost Children

Park near the train tracks, and the ghost children from a doomed school bus may push you away! Locals insist the bus tragedy never happened. Illusion or baffling anomaly -- you decide.
Address:
Pleasant View Rd, Lewisberry, PA
Directions:
I-83 exit 35, then south on Wyndamere Rd/Hwy 177 for a little over a mile. At the intersection of Pleasant View Rd, which will be on the right, turn onto Pleasant View and then make a U-turn so that your car is parked at the white stop line, facing Hwy 177. Put your car in neutral and you will roll backwards, uphill.
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
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I live in the area and have taken visitors to Gravity Hill. Your car or truck will definitely go backwards, up the hill, and gain speed. I thought it must be an optical illusion, so I took a ball to the top of the hill and released it. The ball went down the hill toward the stop sign and off to the left. If it were an optical illusion the ball should not have gone down the hill. Very interesting spot. The back story that I heard was about a bus full of children that got hit there; there are no train tracks in the area.

[Sue W, 08/11/2019]

The mysterious forces of Gravity Hills are often attributed to pushy ghosts. The deceased are sometimes, according to legend, children who died in school buses hit by trains.

Gravity Hill

I grew up five minutes from this attraction. There was no accident of any kind on this road to cause the Gravity Hill; the "accident" was a story kids and adults liked to tell as a ghost story. My friends and I used to try to spot the ghostly hands-on-the-car-hood to no avail. But it was still fun!

[Kathy Battista, 08/07/2017]
Gravity Hill - Ghost Children

One of the coolest things we did on our Roadside America offbeat attractions vacation! I don't know how it does it (and I really don't care) but the car goes backwards up the hill. I wish I could post the video.

[tim,colleen, susan,billy, 09/25/2015]

Know-it-all GPS notes height above sea level.

Gravity Hill

Very convincing reverse roll backwards "uphill." Using GPS satellite readings to triangulate altitude variation demonstrates this is an optical illusion! Highly recommended as a lesson where physics understanding trumps misperception, Mythbuster style!

[Brian, 04/07/2014]

Impressively scientific! Unless, that is, the mysterious inverse magnetism of Gravity Hill skewed your GPS readings (and rearranged the trace metals in your brain), so that you thought it was physics, but it really was hoodoo.

Gravity hill.

Gravity Hill - Ghost Children

This is really cool and actually works. Very dangerous given the busyness of the intersection.

[Anthony B, 04/15/2012]

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