Gravity hills exist all over the United States and have fascinated people with their ability to seemingly bypass the laws of physics as we know them. When something as heavy as a car should be going downhill, it appears to move uphill at these mysterious parts of the planet. But are they really all that mysterious? Are they real? Is it an area of the world where traditional laws don’t go with what we know to be true? Is there a rational explanation?
One person explained it to me like this:
There are lots of gravity hills around the world. They are actually optical illusions where the lay of the land appears to be uphill. You can take a laser level with you and you will find it’s actually slightly downhill. It’s a lot like the mystery spots that are built at angles, such as the Mystery Spot in St. Ignus. They convince your mind that you’re defying gravity. They are still fun and require a lot of thought when built. The mind is only following what has been programmed into it. While humans also have a sense of balance to determine the inclination of the ground, visual cues can override this sense, especially if the inclination is shallow.
The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace is supposed to be one of these infamous “mysterious gravity spots,” — or so they say. After passing endless billboards advertising, “Visit the Mystery Spot!” we succumbed and our curiosity won, so we bought tickets and sat down and waited for our tour to begin. We immediately attracted the attention of an old man who told us about the worlds “largest cross in the woods” nearby and that we should go visit it. I probably looked like I needed to be saved in my usual shirt depicting some heavy metal band. We pretended to be interested, nodded and smiled a lot and thankfully our tour number was called.
We approached a tiny shack built at an angle on the side of a hill. By all means, everything inside this shack seemed to defy the normal laws of physics. Everyone “oohed” and “awwwed” as water poured went uphill and people stood in places at impossible angles. The tour was short and overpriced and you could pay more money to do even more semi-lame things nearby. The whole shack itself made me slightly nauseous from the strange angles and I was glad to get out of it. We really couldn’t decide how the whole thing was accomplished and figured it wasn’t worth thinking too hard about.
Years later, when I finally learned this place was just an optical illusion, I felt sort of “primitive” in that I never questioned it before. I just assumed like everyone else that “there was something different with the Earth” at this “mystery spot.” So does Michigan’s Otherside.com recommend The Mystery Spot or any other gravity hills? Of course! They still rate high on the strangeness factor so check them out. If you have actually experienced a gravity hill, write or comment below.
FINDING MYSTERIOUS GRAVITY HILLS IN MICHIGAN
- Blaine Township, Michigan (near Arcadia, Michigan): Putney Road, at the intersection with Joyfield Road.
- Calumet, Michigan: Tamarack Water Works Road
- Rose City, Michigan; at the end of Reasner Road, past Heath Road.
- The Mystery Spot – St. Ignace, Michigan; just off Hwy. US-2 (Tourist Trap/Hoax)