Isles of Sugar Mill is a carefully planned development on the western outskirts of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The community includes two small lakes and sits on Pioneer Trail, filled with single-family homes. Living here puts you within driving distance of just about everything you could want including pet supply stores, excellent restaurants, dog-friendly parks, and the coastal waters of the nearby ocean.
No matter where you live in New Smyrna Beach, you can't get away from the heat of a good 90-degree summer day or, in this case, weeks of days like this. Unless you plan to hide in the air conditioning, you'll likely have to adjust to this heat and humidity. Just keep in mind that in weather this hot, you may want to keep your walks to the earlier parts of the day. This can help you and your pup avoid heat exhaustion or dehydration.
The terrain within the community is very flat and carefully laid out with sidewalks on both sides of the streets for you and Fido to use for your walks every day. To avoid getting bored with walking around the same area day after day, you can also cross over the northern side of Pioneer Trail where there are several more neighborhoods for the two of you to walk around and explore.
This area borders some unmaintained woodland and swampy terrain, so exercise caution when wandering outside of the neighborhood. Flooding can occur during wet weather and create hazardous walking conditions. Stick to the residential streets and sidewalks in front of the houses to avoid falling afoul of muddy ground and Florida wildlife that can pose a hazard to your four-legged friend. Consider taking some of the paved trails around the neighborhood that drift through tree coverage if you'd like to discover a better route for walking.
While there are several communities nearby buried deep in the shady woods, they don't exactly qualify as useable green spaces. But if you want an area where you have plenty of room to stretch your legs and never know what type or types of wildlife you are likely to run across, consider taking your pooch with you on a drive to the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area and State Forest. The two of you can enjoy spending countless hours hiking the miles of trails running through the entire area.
The WMA covers over 30,000 acres, some of which suffered damage from wildfires that affected over 15,000 acres of the area. However, today it is hard to see the results of this disaster on first glance. With the help of countless volunteers and nature itself, the WMA has been restored to its former beauty, creating the perfect place to go hiking with your dog.