Riverside Park New Smyrna Revised is a large community split in half by highway US-1 close to the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course and Turnbull Park. Part of the neighborhood also sits on the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. While much of the area is residential, there is no shortage of places to eat, stores, and miscellaneous businesses on both sides of the highway. Despite being densely packed, there are still plenty of trees along the roads to keep you and your dog out of the direct sunlight in some areas.
If you use Highway US-1, you can be in the center of town in less than five minutes and on the beach in ten if you take the South Causeway. When it comes to parks, there are several in the area that have a lot to offer for you and your pooch to explore. Some have plenty of shade, while others are best left to early morning usage.
One of the first things most people talk about when it comes to the terrain in this area is how much traffic has to be dealt with. Living with US-1 which, believe it or not, runs from the Canadian border all the way to the Keys, means dealing with constant traffic which can be very heavy at times.
The busiest times are the rush hours in the morning and evening, but even during the off-peak hours, this highway tends to be very busy. If your dog spooks easily, walking them along a busy highway like this can be challenging to say the least.
The one thing you are unlikely to see a lot of here is pedestrian traffic, at least along the highway. You may find a few others out walking their dogs, but really only during the early morning hours while things are still cool and comfortable outside.
This neighborhood is surrounded by green spaces. Some like the golf courses are vast but are not open to dog walking while others offer vast open areas of woods to hike. Immediately to the east is the 1,637 acres that make up the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. You and your dog can spend hours hiking along three miles of trails that take you to an observation tower and then all the way to Rose Bay.
The beach also counts as a green space, even though it's not exactly green. It also makes an excellent place to take your dog for walks. The two of you can use the soft sand to give your leg muscles a fantastic workout. Once you have gone far enough, turn around and use the wet sand for a more relaxing walk home. Be sure you take a few minutes out to jump in the ocean to cool off before you leave!