The community of Barlows runs along Peachtree Street between Clearlake Road and North Fiske Boulevard. Most of the properties along this road are given over to some form of business, but there are still a few single-family houses at both ends and scattered along the street. Despite the high number of businesses either on Peachtree or backing onto the road from West King Street such as the Ford dealership, there is quite a bit of green space in the form of large yards and undeveloped spots where you might be able to walk your pooch on a leash.
Although West King Street is a bustling highway with a large number of businesses on both sides, including restaurants and new car dealerships. If you need groceries, a short drive will be needed. Less than five minutes north on Clearlake is Harvey's Supermarket and a Walgreens where you can find most of the things your family needs, including your favorite furball.
Living in Barlows means dealing with a lot of commercial traffic close by during regular business hours. With no sidewalks on half of Peachtree Street for you and your dog to make use of, your best bet when it comes to finding places to go with your pup is to head into the residential streets to the northwest. Here, at least beyond the usual rush hours, the traffic is minimal.
There are sidewalks along West King Street and North Fiske Boulevard, but the volume of traffic, along with the noise and exhaust, may be too much for your pup. Even if you think it's okay by your standards, do keep in mind that your dog's nose is far more sensitive to smells. If you can avoid taking your hikes along these busy streets, your dog is sure to appreciate it. Using a short leash will also help you maintain better control when walking your pup on bustling roads.
Beyond the few undeveloped areas within Barlows, the nearest place you can take your dog for a little extra exercise is less than five minutes to the south. Here, you will find Barks and Recreation, the aptly named dog park in Cocoa. This park sits on a vast green space where you will find trees, a lake, and plenty of grass to walk around the lake. Once you've completed a couple of laps around the water, the two of you can go inside the dog park. It is split in two so that big and little dogs can play safely.
If you're up for a walk on the beach with your pooch, you can cruise over the causeways and be on the sand in under half an hour. While the beaches from 4th Street South to South 16th Street are open to dogs, they are only open for a few hours out of the day. Dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up after any messes.