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Spook Hill, Lake Wales

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Spook Hill is a gravity hill, an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill in Lake Wales, Florida.Spook Hill is located on the Lake Wales Ridge, a geologically significant range of sand and limestone hills, which were islands from two to three million years ago, when sea levels were much higher than at present.The attraction is adjacent to Spook Hill Elementary School that adopted Casper The Friendly Ghost as their school mascot. The attraction is also in close proximity to Bok Tower.Spook Hill received national media attention when an article about it appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on October 25, 1990, and it was featured in a segment on CBS Morning News with Charles Osgood on November 5, 1990.
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  • With a visit for a bit of fun. Easy to find and a big sign tells you the history and what to do. It was fairly quite when we visited.  more »
  • Spook hill is located in Lake Wales, one of the more geographically beautiful places in florida. The area around spook hill is full of elevated land thats reminds me of more mountainous southern state...  more »
  • We had read up on this and was very disappointed. The legend is better than the actual event. Do not waste the time.  more »
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  • Driving east to west and back and forth on State Road 60, I’ve had the opportunity to drive through Lake Wales, Florida, on occasion. When doing so, I’ve frequently stopped at Spook Hill, a popular gravity hill located on a significant range of sand and limestone hills. When parked in neutral “on the white line,” your car will appear to “roll up” the spooky hill while actually moving in reverse. More about the story than the actual experience, my kids and their friends enjoy it. Not something I would drive out of my way to visit, Spook Hills is a fun 30 or so minute distraction while driving through Lake Wales. An off-beat and fun attraction, it’s free, you can take a few photos, and the kids will talk about it for hours. I often find myself riding the white line 3 or 4 times for the benefit of the kids. Spook Hill is located directly across the street from Spook Hill Elementary School, which conveniently adopted “Casper the Friendly Ghost” as their school mascot. In this day and age of “political correctness,” I’m surprised no one has forced a name change of this attraction. /s/ William E. Lewis Jr. Vero Beach, Florida
  • There is no gravity nor anything else good on this. There is a sign by the road saying: "stop car on white line, place in neutral and let it roll back". Of course if you put your car on neutral on a hill it will row back. Different would be if you put your car on parking and it would go back. Don't fall for this lie and don't waste your time. Simply disappointing.
  • That a lie! A big fat lie! I drove 2 hours to get here and there is no anti gravity hill. It's a lie! Don't waste your time coming here on this spook hill of this creepy city!
  • If you like finding unusual local attractions it is worth stopping if your in the area. Wouldn't go to far out of the way to go here though. Very anticlimactic.
  • I thought there was more to it definitely make other plans if you're going to be making more than a 30 minute drive

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From river resorts with a wacky vibe to elegant bed and breakfasts, Lake Wales has an assortment of lodging options. Along the road from Winter Haven to Lake Wales are many large hotel chains that service both towns. Many of these offer last-minute accommodations to travelers along the road.
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