One of the best views in Alabama
January 23, 2016
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One of the best views in Alabama

By Tyler Pruett

tyler@southerntorch.com

SECTION, Ala.— Many people traveling Highway 35 through Section in Jackson County are probably unaware of a special spot on Section Bluff. It would be hard for anyone not to notice the view of the Tennessee River and the surrounding mountains, but a simple sign marked “Weathington Park” as the highway descends down Sand Mountain can be easily missed. Those that choose to stop are met with one of the most scenic views to be found in Alabama. The breathtaking view extends across Lake Guntersville to the southwest, and far down the Tennessee River all the way to Stevenson to the northeast. Currently the park features only a half-mile walking track and a parking lot in terms of amenities, but more are being planned for the future. But with this picturesque scenery, what else is needed?

The park is the result of a selfless decision by a man who fell in love with the spot over 20 years ago. Scott Weathington, an avid motorcycle rider, regularly stopped to take in the view while on rides down Highway 35. At the time the spot was known as “Twin Eagle Point,” and it was here that Mr. Weathington befriended longtime Section Police Chief Bob Matthews. As the years would progress, the motorcyclist would become a successful industrialist, even owning his own corporation, while the Police Chief would become mayor of the small town.

Mr. Weathington’s wife, Patty, also fell in love with the spot while on regular rides through Dekalb and Jackson counties. After Scott’s professional success, the couple managed to purchase the 13 acre tract of land on the bluffs, and planned their dream home on their favorite spot. While getting ready to break ground on their new home, Scott realized that their home would block much of the view that they had fell in love with years ago. In an act of complete selflessness, the Weathington’s donated the almost million dollar piece of land to the city, and with the help of their old friend Bob Matthews, created a park with a view that few others can boast. The park was officially dedicated as “Weathington Park” in June 2012, and residences of Section along with travelers on Highway 35 have a place of their own to enjoy the view. If you were previously unaware of this hidden gem, take the time to stop by before descending Sand Mountain. While gazing at the miles of mountains and water, one can easily understand why the Weathington’s sacrificed their dream home just to preserve the view for future generations.

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