Kepler Oaks is an up and coming residential neighborhood straddling North Kepler Road. To the southwest is North Talmadge Lake and to the north, the Kepler Storage and Industrial Park and Cypress Lake. The houses are all single-family and modest in size with moderate yards and plenty of trees.
It might seem as though you live a long way from the middle of town, but you can be at the local Walmart Supercenter in five minutes unless traffic is heavy. Along with the supercenter, there is a Publix Supermarket, multiple strip malls filled with chain and local stores, and plenty of great restaurants for you and your family to taste test.
With the lakes and woods surrounding them, you and your pooch should have no problem finding trails to walk on instead of the roads. Just be sure you are both protected from mosquito bites. The little buggers bite hard and may carry a range of diseases!
Like any other residential area in town, you can count on there being a reasonable amount of traffic during both morning and evening rush hours. Kepler is the main feeder road from the residential neighborhoods to East International Speedway Boulevard, the main east-west road through town and your direct route to the stores. There aren't any sidewalks out here, leaving you and your dog to walk on the roads.
Because of this, you might want to restrict your long walks to early in the morning before rush hour begins. The only other significant traffic you have to worry about are the school buses during the school year. Do keep in mind that this is a family neighborhood, which means you and your dog are going to run into a lot of other pedestrians on your walks. Be sure you keep your dog on a short leash and talk to the approaching strangers if they ask to pet your dog.
Living on or near North Lake Talmadge and the woods surrounding it gives you plenty of green space and there are several trails running through the woods for you and your dog to enjoy. The woods are dense and go all the way around the lake, giving the two of you lots of places to explore on your hikes.
If you are looking for somewhere a little larger, all you need to do is head east on US-92 to the Clark Bay Conservation Area and Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. When combined with Tiger Bay, the areas covers well over 35,000 acres of swamps, wetlands, forest, scrub, and more. There are miles of trails for you and your dog to follow in search of the many animals and birds who live here. If you plan on taking long hikes, be sure you carry plenty of fresh water as there isn't any potable water in the area.