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Spook Hill
Lake Wales, Florida
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Spook Hill, Lake Wales, is located on North Wales Drive (Fifth Street). For more details see city map.
It is a well known tourist attraction in Florida. They even named Spook Hill Elementary School after it.



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.
With caution, position your car at a "
bottom" of the hill and put your car in neutral. Take your foot off the brake and you will experience the thrill of your car not only climbing the hill by itself, but gaining speed as it goes. Look out for other traffic.

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
People have lived in what is now Polk County and the Lake Wales area for more than 3,000 years. Native Americans hunted and fished along the shores of the region's many lakes, and their arrowheads and other ancient artifacts can still be found today. White settlers began to venture into Polk County from Tampa during the early to mid-1800's, peacefully trading with the native Seminoles.
Founded by the Lake Wales Land Co. in 1911, Lake Wales remained a "frontier" town during its formative years. Despite this rough beginning, the town continued to develop its, Fledgling citrus industry, and tourism also became a mainstay of the local economy. Today, Lake Wales is a favorite with visitors from all parts of the world.
Perhaps one question stands out in any discussion of Lake Wales history: Why is the name of the lake LakeWailes and the town LakeWales? According to local lore, it was a simple matter of perception. Reportedly, one of the town's founders, upon seeing the name Lake Wailes spelled out on the sign at the new railroad depot, thought the spelling looked too sad-looking and ordered the "i" to be removed.

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Area Information CLake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce
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