North Mainland is a blend of residential, commercial, industrial zones, multiple golf courses, and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. The type of neighborhood you live in will depend on where you live, but for the most part, the residential areas are reasonably quiet and safe to take your dog out.
No matter where you live in town, you are never more than ten to fifteen minutes away for amenities such as places to buy groceries, pet supplies, and just about anything you could possibly need. This also includes being able to find a great selection of restaurants.
Along with this, there are plenty of green spaces around that offer excellent places to take your dog for long walks. The best part of living here is that you can take your pooch out virtually every day of the year. The worst you are likely to encounter is a few days of cold, rainy weather during the winter months.
The area itself is exceptionally flat and rather unexceptional throughout the New Smyrna Beach area. As for walking conditions for you and your dog, they vary significantly depending on what part of the North Mainland area you live in. For example, if you live in one of the many golf club communities, you aren't likely to encounter much in the way of traffic beyond rush hours. But if you live more towards the center of town, the traffic is likely to be busy all day long, making it a little more challenging taking your dog for walks.
Like most cities in this part of Florida, you are likely to find sidewalks in some areas for you and your dog to go walking on while, in others, you have no choice but to walk on the roads. When this is the case, be sure you walk against traffic and wear light-colored clothing that will make you easier to see.
While there is any number of small parks throughout North Mainland, we are going to take a look at three of the biggest. The first is the beach itself with miles of sand and surf for the two of you to enjoy. The soft sand offers a great workout and the wet sand offers a much easier walk with the added fun of walking in the waves to cool your feet.
Second is the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve that covers over 1,600 acres of Florida swamps and forests. There are miles of trails for you and your dog to hike all the way north to Rose Bay if you are up for it.
Finally, there is the S Tomoka Wildlife Management Area which is part of the 30,000 acres comprising the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area, offering you miles trails to explore while you look for the many different species of animals who live here.