The community of Bear Lake Heights sits around Bear Lake itself. Living this far out of town, you are south of Lake Mack-Forest Hill and Lake Mack Road. The majority of the homes here are large luxury homes with lake access in their backyards. However, where the pavement runs out at the junction with Jewell Drive, the houses become mobile and manufactured homes.
There may not be much in the way of shopping in this area beyond the Forest Hill Grocery to the north, but there is a Taco Bell Grande less than five minutes away if you'd like a quick bite. For your major shopping trips, the central shopping district in Deland is no more than 25 minutes away. There, you will find a large selection of big-box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot. You will also find a Publix Supermarket. Most of these places offer a variety of goods for your family or for your dog to choose from!
Being this far out of town and at the end of the paved roads, you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of daily traffic. The few homes out in this area do create a mini-rush hour that lasts no more than a few minutes every day, but you and your dog should be able to enjoy walking alongside the road on the wide grass berm.
If you go to the west, you and your dog can walk for as far as you like on the dirt roads. You aren't likely to run into many vehicles and you can usually see or hear anyone coming. As a side benefit, there are plenty of trails running into the woods for you and your pup to explore for a change of pace. The one thing about hiking the roads that you'll have to keep an eye out for is the local wildlife. You might even come across the occasional gator on your walks!
The whole area is one massive green space, most of which is land waiting to be developed. There are wide open spaces of scrub and vast swaths of woods to hike in. You and your dog could explore the trails around your home for months and never cover them all! Even if you could, they change with the seasons and you never know what you might see each time the two of you go out for a walk.
For a little family fun, why not take everyone in the family over to Hontoon Island State Park? The ferry ride and park are free to enjoy. There are primitive camping cabins for rent, a small general and souvenir store, and docking slips for boats of up to 60 feet in length. More importantly, the park offers miles of trails for you and your pup to enjoy that were purpose-made for hiking, unlike those around your home.