The community of Summer Trees sits on Taylor Road on the west side of I-95. It is bounded on the east by South Williamson Boulevard and on the west by a large area of woods. This is a residential neighborhood with single-family homes densely packed together amidst small lakes and plenty of shade trees to help keep the summer sun at bay while saving you a little on the air conditioning bills!
On the north side of Taylor Road is a small shopping center with a couple of fast food restaurants and, more importantly, a Publix supermarket where you can stock your fridge with all of the important things. On the other side of the overpass, Taylor Road becomes Dunlawton Avenue, the main shopping road in town. As you go further east, there are more stores and restaurants for you to enjoy and, finally, if you follow Dunlawton to its eastern end, you will find yourself on the beach.
Like most suburban communities, the homes here are densely packed to maximize the number of houses built. The neighborhood is built on flat ground with a few small lakes set here and there. The one thing left out of the developer's plans seems to have been sidewalks. This presents a challenge! You'll have to walk on the streets but luckily, in many spots, they are heavily shaded.
The alternating sunshine and shade can make it very hard for motorists to see you, especially in the later hours of the day. Be sure you wear light-colored clothing and walk against the traffic to maximize your chances of being seen! Rush hours and school bus times tend to produce heavy traffic and are times when you and your pooch may want to stay home, if you can.
Although the flat ground doesn't seem to offer much of a challenge, there are enough neighborhoods in the community for you to add in to make up for it.
Within Summer Trees, there are several lakes, but with homes backing right onto them, access is limited. There is a wide swath of woods to the west, covering areas that have yet to be developed. There are also several trails running through the woods for you and your dog to explore while you enjoy the shade keeping the sun off your head.
On the other side of I-95, you will find the northern tip of the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This nature preserve covers over 1,600 acres of forest and swamps, creating homes for hundreds of species of birds and many other animals. There are several nature trails the two of you can hike along, a 15-foot-high observation tower that lets you look out over the swamps, and, if you are up for the challenge, you can hike the 6-mile round trip running from Rose Bay to New Smyrna Beach and back.