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Gravity Hill
Helena, Arkansas
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Directions and Picture
So here's how to get the most out of the illusion. Get on Sulphur Springs Road at route 185 and head north. When you top the hill you'll be looking downhill at the intersection just like in the photograph.
In the foreground is Sulphur Springs Road. Crossing our view left-to-right just beyond the little white car is highway 49.

WARNING. You are on a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic. Never try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.
Drive to the stop sign and put your car in neutral. You'll start rolling backwards up the hill about fifty yards or so to just about where that little white car is.


After trying this natural phenomenon you may question it's causes. Well, we don't want to disappoint you, but whether it is called a Magnetic Hill, Gravity Hill, Mystery Hill or Electric Brae it is an optical illusion. It has nothing to do with magnetic fields, electricity or unknown forces working along mysterious lines.

Area Information
Helena, Arkansas is a small town on the mighty Mississippi River, on the eastern border of Arkansas about 65 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. Including our sister city West Helena we are a community of about 18,000 people. The city is located on the southern tip of Crowley's Ridge, making a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the flatland of the Delta.
Helena was incorporated in 1833 and is the second oldest city in the state. We have an interesting heritage, with great antique shops, picturesque Bed and Breakfast inns, many beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian mansions, the oldest continuously operating public library west of the Mississippi and wonderful churches and museums. There are 34 historic homes on the National Register and three historic districts including our downtown area. For fishermen and hunters, this is truly a sportsman's paradise. To anyone looking for a piece of history, "Come on Down," watch the barges go by and enjoy a taste of the past.
Helena is famous for the "King Biscuit Blues Festival" which has received world wide media attention and last year was filmed by a crew from the Smithsonian Institution. Every October, over the weekend before Columbus Day, approximately 100,000 Blues fans come to town for this four day festival which, unbelievable as it sounds, is free.

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