Mystery Hill • Fun for the entire family less than 10 minutes from Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Visit Mystery Hill to see water flow up hill, lose your shadow, stand inside a giant soap bubble, explore history, marvel at the Indian Artifacts, take great photos or treasure hunt in the gift shop.
For more than 50 years, vacationers traveling to the high country and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina visit the outstanding area attraction Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock North Carolina. Visitors come from all 50 states and from all over the world.
They are all compelled to come for various reasons; "Its just old fashioned family fun" "My mother came here as a child," "I remember coming here with my Grandfather," "I drove by this place and just had to come and see what the mystery really was," "I just can’t get this place out of my mind."
No matter what the reason, they come back time and time again to Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock; bringing relatives and friends to experience the mystery of our "crooked house." During their visit people remember the remarkable defiance of gravity, where you can see a ball roll uphill, and where folks are pulled from an upright position to an uncanny standing angle of nearly 45°. This strange phenomenon has been amusing and puzzling visitors to Mystery Hill for generations. Since there is a variety of things to see and do, no one leaves disappointed. Mystery Hill is a family oriented amusement science center that offers fun for children ages 2 to 102. We welcome you to join us at any time of the year.
The Mystery Hill House
Come see where gravity defies the laws of nature. Constructed around the slope of the surrounding hillside, The Mystery Platform and Mystery House feature a stronger than average pull to the north which causes some of our basic laws of physics to work differently than normal.
The Mystery Platform
Stand on our Mystery Platform. Notice how the person on the North side always seems to look larger there than on the South side.
The Hall of Mystery
You’ll find a hall full of puzzles, hands-on experiments and optical illusions at The Hall of Mystery. Exhibits are based on physics and other science and math theories.
Appalachian Heritage Museum
The Appalachian Heritage Museum found its home at Mystery Hill in 1989. Originally located on the campus of Appalachian State University, it was formally known as the Dougherty House and was one of the first buildings erected on State University grounds.
Native Artifacts Museum
What began as a labor of love for R.E. "Moon" Mullins and his lovely new bride, Irene, began the collection with three arrowheads found in Cartersville, Georgia. By 1987, when "Moon" passed away, their collection had blossomed into thousands of pieces.
Mystery Hill Old Time Photos and Gift Shop
Professor Finnegan’s™ Old-Time Photos is located in the gift shop to capture your visit. You can step back into the old west or the Roarin’ 20’s. The gift shop at Mystery Hill has something for everyone of all ages and interests.
Bring the kids out to Mystery Hill and let them visit the new Emerald Mine at Doc’s Rocks where they get to go into the emerald mine and actually use a pick to gather gems out of the wall of the mine. Best of all they can fill a bucket full of gems and they get to keep everything they find.
Riverside Log Cabins
Clean mountain air, the sound of water babbling over rocks and a relaxed atmosphere await you at Riverside Log Cabins. Located between Blowing Rock and Boone, it provides a welcome retreat for those wanting to vacation within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bring your fishing pole and enjoy the river right in front of the cabins.
Open year round, 7 days a week, great hours, fair ticket prices, outstanding value, memorable experiences. A short 5 to 20 minute drive from all our Western North Carolina High Country towns, mountain villages, attractions, fine restaurants and outlet shopping. At Mystery Hill and in the Western North Carolina High Country you’ll find an unlimited number of opportunities for relaxation and entertainment for all budgets and all ages. Down to earth family oriented attractions such as Mystery Hill are one reason families have considered The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina a preferred vacation destination since the 1900’s.