Helena, Arkansas: Gravity Hill

Another strange piece of public pavement, well-known by locals, where the laws of physics have gone haywire.
Address:
Sulphur Spring Rd., Helena, AR
Directions:
North of US 49 on US Business 49. From US 49 you'll either turn north onto Biscoe St. in Helena or east onto Plaza Ave. in West Helena -- both turn into US Business 49. Then from US Business 49, roughly midway between Helena and West Helena, turn south onto Sulphur Spring Rd. Make an immediate U-turn, stop at the stop sign, then release the break and coast back uphill.
Hours:
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk.
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Gravity Hill

At the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and highway 49 is another one of those "cars rolling up hill" illusions. The place is known locally as "Gravity Hill." There are no markers or signs. The attraction is publicized only by word of mouth. To experience the illusion, drive your car north on Sulphur Springs Road to the stop sign at highway 49 just past the crest of the hill. Once you've come to a stop, put your car in neutral and coast backward up to the crest of the hill. About fifty yards.

It's an effective illusion, although it's far from the most spectacular of the "car rollin uphill" roads to be found. What the heck, though. Worth what you paid for it, right?

[Russell T. Johnson, 01/29/2000]

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