Malcolm, Michigan: Gravity Hill - Church Magnet

Defying the laws of gravity and common sense, vehicles appear to roll backwards up a hill near Blaine Christian Church.
Address:
6461 Putney Rd, Malcolm, MI
Directions:
From US Hwy 31, around six miles south of Benzonia, turn right (west) onto Hwy 602/Joyfield Rd. Drive about three miles to the intersection of Hwy 685/Putney Rd and turn south. The gravity hill is just south of this intersection.
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
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Stopped by Gravity Hill on our way through, back to Ohio. We followed the directions and it worked! Multiple times our car rolled backwards up hill towards the church -- was worth the venture off course. Our kids enjoyed it.

[Dennis, 07/17/2016]
Gravity Hill - Church Magnet

Stopped by on our way through and followed the directions, and it worked multiple times. Our car rolled backwards up hill towards the church. Gravity Hill is worth the venture off course. Our kids enjoyed it as well.

[Dennis, 07/15/2016]
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My boyfriend and I just visited this and were so disappointed! The terrain right around there is pretty flat, so it's hard to even locate where the "hill" should be. Then the momentum is so subtle, we looked at each other saying "Is that it?" We recommend skipping this in favor of the nearby Kampvilla RV Park, home to the giant yellow dinosaur (we only saw one) and many other fun vintage '50s painted cement characters!

[Auntie Maim, 10/09/2009]
Gravity Hill - Church Magnet

Gravity Hill is located at the corner of Joyfield Road and Putney Road in Benzie County, Michigan. The Blaine Church sits at the SW corner of this crossroads.

Turn south onto Putney Road from Joyfield Road and travel approx 100 yards until it appears that you are at the bottom of the hill (you can still see the stop sign behind you in your rear view mirror).

Stop your car, and put in neutral. Your car will begin to move backwards, seemingly "uphill", and continue to accelerate towards the stop sign. You can also drive "down" the hill and turn around. When it appears you are at the bottom of the hill facing north toward the church, put in neutral, and you will move "up" the hill, accelerating toward the stop sign.

Some say it is gravity. Others say it is the church pulling you back. I have taken friends there who say it is amazing!!

[Don Klemm, 11/05/2008]

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