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The real reason for this magical hill is a bit more boring. The hill is actually an optical illusion or a “magnetic hill” where it appears to be an uphill incline but is in fact part of a larger downhill. (Photo Credit: Rachel Samanyi / Flickr)

On Gravity Hill outside of Prosser, cars roll uphill BY THEMSELVES

Washington State is home to many fun and interesting places. In fact, our state might have some of the quirkiest tourist destinations to be found. One such place is Gravity Hill, just north of Prosser. Pull up to the appointed line and put your car in neutral. Somehow your car will start rolling uphill and your interest in this strange phenomenon will be peaked.

Located on a lonely stretch of road just outside of Prosser lies Gravity Hill - where cars appear to roll uphill without any mechanical assistance. Many reasons have been attributed to this strange occurrence; from aliens and ghosts to other paranormal interests. One urban legend insists that if you lightly dust flour or baby powder on your car, there will be child-sized handprints on it from, “being pushed uphill.” Other tales report the nearby gray barn at the crest of the hill is haunted by several young girls who met a brutal end and it is their handprints you see on the back of cars.

Want to experience Gravity Hill? Simply, pull up to the marked start line and put your car in neutral before releasing the brake. Slowly your car will start rolling forward before eventually stopping at the marked end line.

The real reason for this magical hill is a bit more boring. The hill is actually an optical illusion or a “magnetic hill” where it appears to be an uphill incline but is in fact part of a larger downhill. Our brains trick us into thinking that the hill slopes upward and that rolling objects are defying gravity. Gravity Hill isn’t the only location of its kind. There are many of these mysterious locations around the world with each wowing visitors with their curious activity.

Locating Gravity Hill can take a bit of work. Located on North Crosby Road about 10-15 miles north of Prosser, the hill is just down the road from an old grain elevator which local legend claims to be haunted. From there just look for the start line painted on the pavement so you can experience this phenomenon yourself! For those desiring more detailed directions, Google Maps can easily point the way. Remember while the road is public property, the farm land located next to it is private land.


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