San Antonio, Texas: Ghostly Gravity Hill

If you park your car in neutral, "child ghosts" may push it about 30 feet up a slight hill, onto a spot formally crossed by railroad tracks! The tracks were later removed -- but the ghosts won't leave.
Address:
Shane Rd, San Antonio, TX
Directions:
Southeastern edge of the city, at the junction of Shane and Villamain Rds. I-410 exit 42. Turn south onto Southton Rd, then take the second right onto Shane Rd. Drive about three-quarters of a mile to the former railroad tracks. Be careful!
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
Admission:
Free
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Ghostly Gravity Hill

This place is known by locals as "The Tracks." The local legend/ghost story goes that a school bus was hit by train in that spot. It is the ghosts of the kids that push you off the tracks. They say if you sprinkle talcum powder on the back of your car, you'll see their small hand prints.

[Joanne, 10/24/2017]
Ghostly Gravity Hill

There have been several complaints from surrounding neighbors about the cars and lights in this area at all hours of the night. The train tracks have since been removed (I am fortunate to own a spike from the track). If you do go, please be careful. This is a two-way road, and the way it curves once attempting the "inclined/declining roll" can cause an accident with incoming traffic. This is a neat place to visit, though.

[Victor, 08/05/2016]

No need to visit after dark to experience the ghostly effects. And we'd urge everyone to bring an out-of-car spotter to watch for approaching traffic.

Ghostly Gravity Hill

Anyone who claims to have seen anything "paranormal" at this location either subconsciously convinced themselves that they had an experience because of things heard from other people... or they simply wanted to lie for dramatic flare!

Regardless, don't fall for this one. SyFy has a show called FACT OT FAKED -- their teams investigate claims sent from fans all over the United States. The show traveled to San Antonio and actually replicated the supposed "original story" by putting one of the team members in a school bus before testing the claims/theory. It worked!

The trees were causing an optical illusion in regards to the "angle" or direction you are looking as you are sitting behind the wheel. At first glance it appears that you are going up hill. After the tests came back, it was concluded and agreed upon that the train track story could be debunked! The vehicle always travels down hill...never up hill. Sorry guys! I was bummed to hear it too.

[ker, 03/12/2011]
Ghost Gravity Hill

My daughter, knowing the tale of the children killed on the railroad tracks and visiting it as a child, took her own children. She showed me a photo of a little girl peeking through the trees in the surrounding area. At first we thought it was coincidental, but as we magnified the image, it was a scary photo to say the least. I wish I had asked her to send it to me so I could share it with you. However, I must say that without a doubt it was a little girl looking though the wooded area, an innocent child. It gave me such a chill that I asked my granddaughter to delete the photo so as to not bring it home with her.

[Lucy, 11/02/2010]
Ghostly Gravity Hill

The famous "Ghost Tracks" of San Antonio. The story is of a bus load full of kids that was killed when their bus stalled on the tracks. I am an avid ghost amateur ghost hunter, and while the ambience is conducive, the story has no factual background.

I have been to the site on numerous occasions, and conducted research of my own. It is true that your car, if parked on the upside of the hill when put in neutral will roll down. If you powder your bumper, you will in fact see hand prints on your car.

The truth is that your car rolls down the hill due to gravity and is able to catch enough momentum to push you over the tracks. It will not work coming from downhill. The prints you see are your own oily prints from all the times you opened your trunk or touched the back end of your car. I washed my car just prior to going over the tracks on my last try, and there were no prints even though my car still went up and over the tracks.

There is no doubt that the area where the tracks are located is a scary place especially at night. Ghost kids, though? No. If you're in for a in the mood for a true haunting, San Antonio does have some real ghostly activity. Try going to Espada Park Dam which is very near "the tracks", and near dusk you will hear and feel things that will make the hair on your entire back stand on end. Happy Ghost Hunting!

PS- If you do go down to "The Tracks" be careful. There are no crossing guards or lights on the tracks, and they are sometimes still in use.

[Marissa Gibson, 04/06/2006]

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