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About Lake WalesOn North Wales Drive at Dr. J.A. Whiltshire Drive in Lake Wales a bizarre phenomenon occurs: Through optical illusion, cars appear to roll uphill. To experience this mystery, park your car at the bottom of the incline known as Spook Hill and release the brake.

It is said that the Spook Hill mystery stems from a Seminole legend in which Chief Cufcowellax and his tribe settled on Lake Wailes. Soon a huge bull alligator moved into the lake and regularly attacked the Native Americans. Aided by the Great Spirit, the chief stalked the beast and engaged him in a monthlong battle, after which the chief rose from the water in victory.

During the battle a small lake, now Crystal Lake, appeared next to the big one. The chief was later buried on the shores of the new lake. Some attribute the Spook Hill enigma to the alligator seeking revenge, while others speculate that Cufcowellax has returned to defend his homeland from encroachment.

Housed in a 1927 mission-style structure that served as a Catholic church for 60 years, Polk State College's Lake Wales Arts Center at 1099 SR 60 E. provides gallery and performance space for actors and artists; phone (863) 298-6883 or (863) 676-8426. Florida's Natural Grove House Visitor Center at 20160 US 27 offers displays and video presentations about the citrus industry and information about local attractions, as well as a free glass of juice; phone (863) 679-4110.

Visitor Centers Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce 340 W. Central Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33859. Phone:(863)676-3445

ShoppingDillard's is the anchor store at Eagle Ridge Mall, 5 miles north on US 27 to 451 Eagle Ridge Dr. Art galleries, antique shops and specialty stores can be found in the downtown Lake Wales Historic District, 2 blocks east of US 27.

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Lake Wales, FL

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