Spook Hill


Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales, Florida and is a gravity hill. The occurrence is not all that uncommon and there are gravity hills located all over the country. These are not well-publicized tourist attractions, but word of their existence becomes part of a town's lure and people end up migrating to the spot when passing through. Spook Hill is like this and is frequented by teenagers out looking for a little fun or families out for a Sunday drive. This gravity hill is different from many because it is officially recognized by Lake Wales. When driving on Spook Hill, people are able to put their car into neutral and it will be pulled uphill, just as it would on a normal hill where it would roll down. As the legend goes, the Indian Village that used to be in Lake Wales was tormented by a large alligator. The Chief killed the gator and when he died, was buried on the north side of the hill. Locals question whether it is the haunting of the gator or the Chief still trying to protect his land. Nobody knows the official cause of gravity hills, only that it is an optical illusion. The hill is located across from the Spook Hill Elementary School and close to Bok Tower. The hill has received national attention twice, once when it was on the cover of the Wall Street Journal newspaper and then on the CBS Morning News.

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