Cotton Shed is a combined light industrial and residential neighborhood on the south side of SR-44. Despite being on a highway, most of the area to the south is a forest with only minimal development which is perfect for those who prefer to take their dogs walking in the shade rather than on the streets.
Living here puts you just far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a little peace and quiet, yet close enough to be within a few minutes' drive of amenities such as grocery stores, pet supply stores, medical care, bars, and the beach! The waves here are spectacular and among the most popular in Central Florida. They attract surfers from all over the country and, in many cases, from around the globe. Along with the beach, there are many other fabulous green spaces for you and your dog to play in.
Living right on the side of SR-44 means dealing with bustling traffic all day long from very early in the morning until late at night. It also means living with the noise of the FPL yard that shares the same neighborhood. Fortunately, the power company yard sits on its own street so you shouldn't have to deal with much of the traffic it generates.
While the ground here is quite flat, taking your walks further south along South Myrtle Avenue will take the two of you further away from the noise and traffic of the highway. You should also be able to find numerous walking trails in the woods surrounding the neighborhood.
The one thing missing from the neighborhood is sidewalks. This means the two of you will be walking on the roads. Be sure you keep an eye out for motorists as chances are good they aren't looking for you.
The entire area to the south is covered in dense woods for you and your dog to wander through. The shade comes in handy during hot Florida days and the trees help block the chilly winter winds. Some of the canopies are dense enough to keep the rain at bay, but you won't find many days where you and your dog won't be able to get out stretch your legs together.
To the northwest are Otter Parks North and South with acres of woods to wander around in, trails to follow, a large lake in the northernmost corner, and direct access to the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail. The trail runs from I-95 to West Pine Avenue which just happens to be on the other side of SR-44. The trail is paved and open to hikers, cyclists, dog walkers, and even horseback riders, so be always prepared for company and keep your dog on a leash.