Cardinal Estates is a small community of relatively new homes just off of LPGA Blvd. and next door to the Westside Elementary School. The homes here are located in a small area of dense woods which extend on both sides. You are far enough out of town that if you want a dog park or pet supply store, it's going to be a bit of a drive. The same applies to restaurants, but this is the price you pay for living here and it is one well worth paying.
The good news is that there is a dog park at the Halifax Humane Society where you can let Fido run around off-leash. Summers here are nothing short of spectacular hovering in the 90s and endless days of sunshine. Do keep in mind that once the temperature starts climbing into the 90s, you should take your walks in the morning before things have time to heat up.
The terrain here is a blend of suburbia and woods, making it a wonderful place to go walking. The only bad part is that the land here is pretty flat and dull. If you plan to stick to the sidewalks and do nothing more than go around the neighborhood, it won't take long before you start getting bored.
The good news is that right on the other side of Jimmy Ann Dr., there are plenty more blocks to explore. The more time you spend investigating these blocks, the less likely it will be that boredom takes hold.
Keep in mind that dogs do not sweat like humans and are far more susceptible to heat stroke. When you combine this with pavement temperatures that can reach 135°F and higher, the best time of day to go walking with Fido is in the early morning hours or late in the evening after the sun has set.
Start with the large area of woods that surround the neighborhood and take your dog for walks under the dense canopy of trees. Once you have spent time walking around the woods in your backyard, it's time to head out to the nearby Tiger Bay State Forest and Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. Between the two of them, there are over 30,000 acres of prime Florida cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, and pine-palmetto for you and Fido to explore.
There are miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails to hike along and more than 160 species of birds including wood stork, wild turkey, bald eagle, and Bachman's Sparrow living in the WMA. Along with this, the WMA is also home to the black bear, white-tailed deer, and the occasional gator all making their homes here. Be aware and alert on your walks and keep your pup on a leash to avoid running into any local wildlife.