SPOOK HILL Lake Wales, FL
DEFYING SCIENCE ALL YEAR ROUND
In the little town of Lake Wales lurks a legendary hill that claims to defy the law of gravity. Officially recognized by the town and so beloved it became the namesake of the local elementary school, Spook Hill is a gravity hill on North Wales Drive, complete with a large sign explaining “The Legend.”
“Many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by raids of a huge gator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake. The chief was buried on the north side. Pioneer mail riders first discovered their horses laboring down hill, thus naming it “Spook Hill.” When the road was paved, cars coasted up hill. Is this the gator seeking revenge, or the chief still trying to protect his land?”
ENIGMA HAUNT Boca Raton, FL
SOUTH FLORIDA’S TRIPLE THREAT OF HAUNTED HOUSES
There are haunted houses, and then there are really haunted houses – made extra scary by the small grain of truth they carry in their halls. Unearthing long-buried stories of paranormal activity in South Florida, Enigma Haunt keeps some of the best spooky legends alive by re-enacting old Native American tales and other local folklore that will give you goosebumps. Only for the true thrill-seeker in you, the in-your-face situations, visitors will meet as they meander through the halls of Enigma are the real deal – ancient ghosts, killers and plenty of paranoia make this one of the scariest sights in Florida. With its disturbing tagline, “Death is always an option,” this trio of haunted houses (all in one indoor location) boasts over 19,000 sq. feet of fear and excitement this Halloween, and just enough tales from the local crypt to make it feel like a learning experience.
SULPHER SPRINGS TOWER
THE UNASSUMING WATER TOWER
Countless Tampa residents drive by the plain white tower never knowing all the spooky stories that surround it. Built high into the sky on US-41, the current tower replaces a tower that used to be a mark on many pirate treasure maps, and legend says that many pirates who died near the tower still haunt the area, looking for the treasure they never found. More recently, there are plenty of rumors as to why no one is allowed up inside the tower – the most frightening of which is that is was closed for visitors after being popularized by troubled teenagers who took to the tower to jump to their death. Driving by the tower won’t ever be the same…
ROUND CYPRESS HEAD Seminole County, FL
ORGANIC SPOOKS FOR THE NATURALIST
Found in St. John’s River in Seminole County, Florida, it’s certainly not an easy-to-reach collection of trees – you’ll need a boat and some heavy boots to get there – but many say that the paranormal occurrences believed to have occurred in this dark, wooded river is worth the trip. Dating as far back as the days of prohibition, there is a legend surrounding Round Cypress Head that tells of a demon who haunts the centuries-old trees in this spooky Florida forest. This demon is said to be a shape-shifter, able to morph into a wild bobcat at will, with many young hunters and fishermen losing their lives as his innocent prey. Well-documented in the book Weird Florida, Round Cypress Head has been explored for decades by those in search of a glimpse of this demon and any ensuing paranormal activity. If you visit the forest, prepare to greet a dark and dank area of cypress woods, with giant roots sticking up from the ground and little if any light seeping through the canopy of thick cypress branches. Moaning noises, bending trees, and horrible smells accompany the legends of the haunted Round Cypress Head. – boaters beware!