Arcadia, Michigan: Gravity Hill: Church Magnet

Defying the laws of gravity (and possibly the powers of Lucifer) vehicles appear to roll backwards up a hill toward Blaine Christian Church.

7018 Putney Rd, Arcadia, MI
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.
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Gravity Hill: Church Magnet

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Gravity Hill.

Gravity Hill

It starts at a remote crossroads next to Blaine Christian Church. Drive south along the quiet (except Sunday mornings) Putney Rd, apparently downhill for about half a mile before the curve. Put the car in neutral and it will begin to roll backwards, uphill, drawn to the church! We visited on our honeymoon; it was a pronounced effect and a fun and eerie experience.

[Michael Baribeau, 02/20/2021]

Gravity Hill.

Gravity Hill - Church Magnet

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]
Gravity Hill

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Yellow DinosaursYellow Dinosaurs, Bear Lake, MI - 4 mi.
Cherry Bowl Drive-In TheaterCherry Bowl Drive-In Theater, Honor, MI - 11 mi.
Giant St. Urho GrasshopperGiant St. Urho Grasshopper, Kaleva, MI - 13 mi.
In the region:
Bottle House, Kaleva, MI - 13 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Michigan Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Corbin, Kentucky (May 23-29, 2022)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights