Lake Wales, Florida: Spook Hill

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Address:
N. Wales Drive, Lake Wales, FL
Directions:
The sign marking the start point of Spook Hill is on the east side of N. Wales Drive/5th St. about a quarter-mile south of Hwy 17/Burns Ave.
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
RA Rates:
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Spook Hill
Well-known gravity hill, prominently marked for your uphill-rolling entertainment. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Lake Wales, Florida - Spook Hill Monument: An Uphill (Or Is It Downhill?) Battle
Spook Hill: Spook Hill is among the most famous "gravity hills" in the world. You park your car at the bottom -- the town has painted a helpful line on the street at the starting point -- put it in neutral, then sit in amazement as you roll uphill. [02/05/2013] Complete Story...
Lake Wales, Florida - Spook Hill: A Fragile Freakosystem
Spook Hill: Gravity hills, magnetic hills, whatever you want to call them, play havoc with the forces of nature -- by making cars roll backwards and uphill -- but they are surprisingly delicate phenomena. [09/03/2010] Complete Story...

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Spook Hill

I was born and raised in this town and still reside here. Many people come to Spook Hill, but leave disappointed because they cannot see the effect. As a youngster visiting this attraction many times, my parents taught me how to see the illusion. People look out of their windows and it still looks like the vehicle is going downhill. Here's the trick: look through your rear view mirror as you're rolling backward. That's what makes the illusion as if your vehicle is rolling uphill.

[Steven, 10/11/2019]

It's a good idea to look in your rear view mirror whenever you roll backward, not just when you roll uphill against the force of gravity.

Spook Hill sign.

Spook Hill

Being a curious and skeptical person, I like to experience and test things for myself. Objective data is my best friend. Since the family and I were not too far from Lake Wales, we decided to check out Spook Hill. We parked at the white line as instructed, put the car in neutral, and released the brake. Our car started rolling backwards -- which appeared to be downhill -- but according to the elevation read out on our GPS, we were going uphill. Pretty weird. Very cool.

[A. Shuman, 06/26/2014]

Lake Wales should put up a second sign: "Spook Hill spookiness verified by Global Positioning System satellites."

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bok Singing Tower and GardensBok Singing Tower and Gardens, Lake Wales, FL - 2 mi.
Ruins of St. Anne's ShrineRuins of St. Anne's Shrine, Lake Wales, FL - 6 mi.
Legoland Florida - USA in MiniatureLegoland Florida - USA in Miniature, Winter Haven, FL - 9 mi.
In the region:
Gatorland, Kissimmee, FL - 33 mi.

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