Central Palm Coast is the heart of the city. In the 1990s, it was the home of the only shopping center within driving distance. If you wanted better shopping, you had no choice but to drive to either Daytona Beach or St. Augustine. Today, the old shopping center has been replaced along with many big box stores coming into the area. Yet there are still a number of mid-to-large-sized homes in this part of town. There is even a large pet supply store where you can find everything you need for your pooch and several excellent eateries for you and your family to enjoy.
Providing you stay in the housing areas, there are plenty of quiet streets to walk along. Just don't expect any sidewalks as someone forgot to add them to the plans! Summers here can be brutally hot, so be sure to walk your pup in the mornings when everything is still cool and comfortable.
The terrain in Central Palm Coast tends to be more pavement than grass, but beyond a few almost unnoticeable rolling hills, it is, for the most part, flat and level. Given that Palm Coast was initially developed as a retirement community, this is perfect for seniors who still want to take their dogs walking. Level ground presents its own challenges when it comes to strolling along with your pup. No one wants to follow the same path every time they go out for a walk, including your dog! The more you can vary the directions you take or the number of blocks you choose to walk, the more enjoyable your walks will be for both of you.
If you want tougher terrain to hike on, you and your pup need to head out to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Here, the trails usually have roots that stick out, sudden drops, and overall rough terrain for you to take on.
Central Palm Coast is surrounded by greenways such as the Graham Swamp Conservation Area where there are a plethora of trails for you to wander along under the shadow of live oaks, palm trees, and many other forms of flora and fauna.
Almost dead center in this part of town is the James F. Holland Memorial Park. Here, you will find covered picnic tables, tennis courts, volleyball pits, and a fenced-in area for your pooch to enjoy running around in off-leash. The dog park is split into two areas, one for big dogs and one for little dogs. There are wash down stations and watering stations to help keep your pup hydrated while they play. This is an excellent place for the whole family to spend some time out in the Florida sunshine, complete with coverings just in case you happen to get caught in one of the area's famous afternoon thunderstorms.