Titusville gravity hill

What is a gravity hill? A Gravity Hill is essentially an optical illusion. The ground slopes down but because of the surrounding topography it appears as if you’re rolling uphill. There’s almost always a story about someone who died there long ago and that it’s their ghost pushing your car away from a dangerous intersection. Go ahead and sprinkle baby powder on your car hood, see if the ghost’s handprints appear. trust me, they won’t. it’s an illusion. A very cool illusion, but that’s all.

WARNING: it is often dangerous to try to get a gravity hill to work. Most likely the police will give you a ticket if they catch you. I do not encourage anyone to attempt to pull off this trick. If you try this stunt, it is your responsibility.

The Titusville gravity hill is located on Pleasant Valley Rd Road. To get it work you must be on the west side of the hill, about 1 mile from Route 29, which would be right near the bottom of the hill somewhere around Barry Rd or Pleasant Valley Harbourton Rd. I have also heard that the correct location is on the east side of the hill, nearer to Bear Tavern Rd.

When I visited, I didn’t see any markers on the road indicating where to start, so I tried several spots. I was with my wife, her friend and her friends boyfriend in my car. Another friend & his group were following in another car. Needless to say I learned a lesson that day. When trying to get your go to go backwards, don’t have friends following you! This (in retrospect) a fairly obvious thing to remember and it’s why most towns discourage you from doing it. Myself and the other driver traded spots frequently as we tried one starting point after another, giving each other wide berth in anticipation of the event. Alas nothing ever happened. Having my friend behind me did later work to our advantage as we realized the rear car could act as blocker in case another car came along. Needless to say all was for naught.

If anyone knows where the correct starting spot is, be sure to drop me a line.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by anonymous please on October 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    We just went today and it was amazing. We couldn’t find it at first, but after a few times and a couple Google searches, we were successful.


  2. Posted by Matt Mudrick on March 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Yo the spot is in between Barry and pleasant harbourton rode near the reduce speed sign


  3. Posted by Eryn on October 23, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    I currently visited gravity hill on Pleasent Valley Rd and was a little iffy of it was real or just an illusion so I went back one night with four friends and a bottle of baby powder. We covered the back of my car and put my car in neutral and turned it off. Up we went the hill and two of the people in the car didnt believe what just happened so we did it twice more. We left and went to another friends house n when we got out we noticed two sets of finger prints and a hand print on my car. They didnt match to any body that was there. I now believe that there is something there beyond explination. I have pics of the prints.


  4. Posted by Amanda on September 27, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Right before you get to pleasant valley harbourton rd (after Barry ave) is where the spot is… There’s like a stone driveway to the right, and if you look closely to the left someone spray painted Johnson on the road


  5. Posted by Valerie on March 6, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    I came across your site lostinjersey.com and was wondering if you know the location of gravity hill in Hopewell. I have read the weird NJ article and several other stories but we cant seem to find the exact location. One source said it was at Pleasant Valley rd. & Valley rd. Another said it was on Pleasant Valley-Haorbourton rd. If you know of this place any info would be helpful. even the exact coordinates……..Thanks a lot


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