Rivers Ridge Estates sits over on the peninsula, covering it from the banks of the Halifax River on the west side to the ocean on the east. This is a large community of single-family homes surrounding the RJ Longstreet Elementary School.
Living this far from the center of all the action offers a large dose of beachside peace and quiet. There are a number of great restaurants nearby including both fast food and fine dining within a short drive from the community. If you want a park with grass and trees, you and your pup will need to drive for a bit to find a park of decent size.
Living on the beachside means being in the right place when the sun comes up and the temperatures are almost immediately in the 90s. However, you definitely won't mind the winters when the temperatures settle in the 50s and the sun is still shining throughout the day!
The terrain here is relatively flat and open as the homes have larger yards, no matter which side of the neighborhood you happen to live on. There is plenty of room for both of you to go for nice long walks around the neighborhood.
You and your pup can use the sidewalks running around the various blocks for exercise. In fact, the more you vary the blocks you walk around, the happier they will be! Remember, your dog explores more with their nose than they do with their eyes, so by taking them around the different blocks, you give them more to sniff at, making your hikes more pleasant!
Keep in mind that walking on pavement can be tough on your dog's feet as the surface is a bit like walking on sandpaper. Give those paws time to get used to the sidewalks before you try taking them out for long walks!
What more could you want besides a big yard and miles of beach at your doorstep? The beach is the perfect green space for you and Fido to walk and play on. The beach offers two completely different types of terrain. The first and most challenging of them is the soft sand. It sucks at both your feet and your dog's paws with every step you take, giving everyone's leg muscles a great workout. The other side of the coin is the sand by the water's edge. It's hard packed and much easier to walk on. Plus, you get to play in the water and cool your feet off!
For something a little different, you and your dog can take the short drive down to the Smyrna Dunes Park. This park offers 73 acres of varying play space including dunes, scrub zone, river, ocean, and saltwater marsh, along with plenty of beachfront.