Gatewood is a small neighborhood just down the road from the Nova Family Campground in Port Orange. The homes here are cookie-cutter style ranch houses with small yards and sidewalks for you and your pooch to stroll around on. There are several dog-friendly parks in the area as well as pet supply stores within driving distance. Several restaurants along S. Nova and on Dunlawton Ave are well-worth checking out. The bridge on Dunlawton will take you and your hound across to the beaches where the two of you can stretch your legs in the sand and surf. Living here is the perfect place for every dog lover.
Port Orange will luckily never see snow! Winter lows in January average in the mid-40s while summer tends to be sweltering in the 90s with extreme levels of humidity. Try going for a walk early in the mornings to avoid dealing with the heat and hot pavement.
Like most of Port Orange, Gatewood is a pleasant blend of natural and artificial terrain. For those who like their walks to be more challenging, the flat terrain here might be a bit disappointing. But rather than looking at this type of ground as boring, you have to be a little creative in your approach to walking. Try cruising around different blocks, choose alternative directions when you leave the driveway, or better yet, head over to one of the local parks, the beach, or the S. Tomoka Wildlife Management Area and Tiger Bay State Forest. You can spend endless hours wandering around on the many trails running through the densely packed woods.
No matter where you turn in the Gatewood, Port Orange area, you will find plenty of places to take your favorite four-legged family friend for a nice long hike that stretches your legs and helps keep both of you fit.
Along with Tiger Bay State Forest and the S. Tomoka WMA, there are several other parks in the area worth checking out. For example, you can head out to the Heart Island Conservation Area and the Relay WMA where the trails take you deep into these protected areas. You never know what species of local wildlife you are likely to come across on your walks! Many of these trails are rough, however, and require a stout pair of hiking shoes.
On your way over the Dunlawton Bridge, why not stop and take your pup to the Port Orange Causeway Park where you and your doggy can stretch your legs or where you can drop a line in the water to see what you can catch?
Just over the border in South Daytona, the Ned Wagner Park offers 1.7 acres of ground with a playground, basketball court, and plenty of grass for the two of you to run around on.