The Scoop On Spook-Hill

WELCOME, Come on in and read about the mystery and legend of Spook Hill.               For sometime now, I have wanted to make a page explaining why we call our group Spook Hill....... actually, the following story is the reason why I chose the name.             If you've never heard of Spook Hill it is located in Lake Wales, Florida....and is a free attraction and they have even named a school in the area Spook Hill.         

    About five years ago, I took my daughter and two of my grand-kids to see what all the mystery was suppose to be about. By the time we found it...... it was getting late and was rather dark outside. They had a sign up saying.... STOP AT THE WHITE LINE and put your car in neutral.   So, we did this and car started rolling backwards....which really felt weird. We just went a few feet and the car stopped rolling backwards. I thought to myself, is this all there is to this!...I came all this way just to have my car go backwards a couple feet...duh! So, I pulled back up to white line and put car in neutral again... as,I just had to see if there was something we mght have missed the first time around.

          This time we started rolling back up the hill and didn't stop.....and I believe it would have kept going if I hadn't finally put on my brakes. I decided this was spooky enough for me.... but, of course the grand-kids loved it so much we had go again.           

I've found some articles about this place and if you keep reading you will run right into them below. To my amazement Spook Hill, is not the only mystery hill around, you will also see listings for others below.         

Also, some people think they know why this happens.... but, I will let you decide yourself. All I know is...... if, you ever experience this yourself, it is one real spooky experience and does make you wander why this happens!


As it looks Today!

A CLOSER SHOT of one taken years ago!

Read what others have say about Spook-Hill and the Mystery and Legend of it.

Discovery of Spook Hill

The Indians lost their camping grounds to the encroaching white settlers. Circuit riders carrying mail between the coasts used the old trail around Lake Ticowa until they discovered that their horses were laboring downhill. It was they who first called the place Spook Hill. Some forty years later as the area developed, the citrus industry grew. Soon the hills around Lake Ticowa were covered with citrus groves. Workers driving their wagons around the lake were startled to find their mule teams struggling downhill with a load.

Years later the road was paved and residents found their cars would roll uphill by themselves. Others came to test this phenomenon, and it soon became a major attraction for visitors.

The Mystery of Spook Hill

by Spook Hill Elementary School

Indian Legend

After the Seminoles left the Cherokee Nation, They settled in Central Florida away from the white man's lodges to the North. One legendary Chief settled on the Lake which is now known as Lake Wales.

Here he had all the advantages of a high Campsite on a Lake which offered fresh Water and good Fishing. It was also close to Iron Mountain which, as the highest point in Florida, was sacred to the Indians' Sun God.

The Chief, Cufcowellax, and his people were happy for several years, but then one day a huge bull alligator moved into the lake and began to harass the tribe. Soon it began nightly raids on the village, and the tribe lived in terror of this evil spirit that inhabited their lake.

The legend says that Cufcowellax was a chief of great physical prowess and courage. He had great stature among his people both as a warrior and as a ruler. When he saw his people in constant fear, the chief, fearing for their safety, set out to conquer the evil spirit. His tribal shaman and elders placed him under the protection of the Great Spirit and he began his search.

Though many suns came and went, he could not catch the 'gator. Finally one morning he came upon the 'gator on the northwest shore as it dragged another night's victim into the lake.

The legend says the chief battled the 'gator on land and water for a moon, and then suddenly the great thrashing stopped, and the water of the lake turned red.

The tribe watched the surface of the lake in fearful anticipation. With great joy they saw their chief rise from the water. In the midst of their celebration they saw something else. The great battle had made a smaller lake near the big one. When the chief died, he was buried on the shore of the little lake, Ticowa, and the place became sacred to the Indians.

This picture

shows car

going back

up the hill!

Another Article

Many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by raids of a huge gator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake.

The chief was buried on the north side. Pioneer mail riders first discovered their horses laboring down hill, thus naming it "Spook Hill."

When the road was paved, cars coasted up hill. Is this the gator seeking revenge, or the chief still trying to protect his land?"

Article the Newpaper published in 1999


Generations have found their THRILLS on

Spook Hill

Page about Spook Hill


This gives an explamination why this can happen, BUT, are they RIGHT???




Only an illusion?????


If these are optical illusions like this says then WHY does a car move at all when it's in netural?


Answers to can cars really roll up hill,I'm skeptical about these.

Also has listings on other mystery hills!


What someone else has say about their visit!

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