Nearby Jacksonville has a dedicated dog park and veterinary and grooming services available for dog owners. Jacksonville experiences plenty of sunny days for walking with your dog, but also gets its share of rain so be prepared on rainy days to get a little wet. Winters are relatively mild and with proper outdoor clothing, you can enjoy walks with your dog year round. Summers are hot and humid; you may want to walk earlier or later in the day or keep to shady areas and take rest breaks. Remember to bring water!
There is a community with a lake directly to the south of Forest Oaks, with a walking trail surrounding it that provides a more maintained walking experience, with a manicured park setting, if that is more your style. Your dog can cool off in the lake if he is a swimmer, but be sure to take your own drinking water, as lakes can contain parasites and bacteria you may prefer your dog not to ingest.
Nearby Jacksonville also features a dedicated dog park with a fenced off-leash area and separate enclosures for large and small dogs, as well as a combined area that allows for safe off-leash activity between neighborhood dogs and can be accessed with a 10-minute drive by Forest Oaks residents.