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Middlesex, New York: Spook Hill

One of a number of gravity-defying hills around the USA, where cars roll uphill instead of down.

Newell Rd, Middlesex, NY
Public road; please be careful there are no cars behind you! From Middlesex, drive north on Hwy 364 for 1.5 miles. As the road heads uphill and bends to the right, turn left onto S. Vine Valley Rd. Drive 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Newell Rd. Drive a half-mile. At a hill crest, you'll see a yellow highway sign on the right for an upcoming intersection on the left. Drive a little past the hill crest, to where you see a small pull-off on the left. Stop, turn on your safety flashers, put the car in neutral, and you'll roll back up the hill. If you reach Spike Rd (the road that intersects from the left) you've driven too far.
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Spook Hill, 2021.

Spook Hill

We checked this out last fall. It is a weird sensation and a bit freaky when your car starts going backwards. If you want to believe it's caused by ghosts, don't drive farther up the road and turn around. Driving from the other direction reveals the secret.

[Sandi O, 06/09/2017]

Aug. 2021: Photo added.

Spook Hill

Outside of Middlesex, on rural Newell Road, you can stop your car, put it in neutral, and watch as you roll backwards up a hill. A spook is involved, apparently.

[Bryanne Loan, 02/13/2016]

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