Hidden Pines is a townhouse community along SR-44 on the outskirts of town. SR-44 is a major highway along which you can find a variety of restaurants, retailer stores, and a Publix grocery store. Living here puts you close to just about anything you could need or want, including a dog park and the S Tomoka Wildlife Management Area.
While New Smyrna Beach is a sizeable town, if you live within city limits, you are only a fifteen minute drive from just about everything including green spaces for you and your dog to go walking in and the beach! Just remember that motor vehicles are allowed on the dunes and it starts to get busy early in the morning. By midday, it is typically packed, making it a dangerous place to go walking during the busiest parts of the day.
Florida weather can be a bit much, especially during the summer. Plan your outings accordingly by keeping an eye on the weather.
Within the community of Hidden Pines, there are only two times of the day when the traffic is likely to be heavy: morning and evening rush hours. However, SR-44 is a very busy highway and not the best place for you and your dog to go walking along anyway. The one thing that is, unfortunately, missing in the neighborhood is sidewalks.
With no sidewalks, you are stuck with walking on the roads which means you'll need to take extra precautions when you and your pooch are out for a walk. This includes doing things like wearing light-colored clothing and keeping your dog on a short leash.
You may not see much in the way of pedestrian traffic beyond when the school buses are running. Many of the surrounding areas are heavily wooded and, with a little looking around, you should be able to find a few trails to take your pup for walks on.
The area is surrounded by wooded spots, some of which you can use for walks while others are private property. On the other side of SR-44 are two large wooded parks, Otter Park North and Otter Park South. The two halves of the park are separated by the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail where you and your pooch can hike to the center of town or all the way west to I-95.
If you want to take your dog to a fenced-in dog park, it's only a five-minute drive to the New Smyrna Dog Park. Here, you will find two separate fenced-in areas. Each of the sections has a watering station for the pooches to use along with a number of fun agility obstacles for them to play on. There is also a shady pavilion for owners to hide from the sun while their dogs go out and play together.