Set out on the west side of I-95 next to a vast area of woods and at the east end of the Spruce Creek Airport, Summer Trees South offers residents a rural feel. The majority of the homes here are nestled in amongst massive shade trees and are more substantial. The houses are packed close together with modest yards on streets that all have sidewalks. Spruce Creek runs to the south of the area and I-95 to the east.
While you might be on the west side of the interstate, this doesn't mean that you are miles from the nearest amenities. The road running between the neighborhood and I-95 is South Williamson Boulevard, and, if you follow it north for less than a mile, it will take you to Taylor Road which becomes Dunlawton Avenue on the east side of the interstate. There is a Publix Supermarket at the intersection where you can buy groceries for your entire family, including the one with the waggly tail.
If you are going to live in suburbia, you must be prepared to deal with morning and evening rush hours when everyone is headed to and from work. Lots of families live here, meaning there is likely to be a plethora of children of all ages at play during different times of the day. Plus, you will have to deal with school buses during the school year.
To protect yourself and your dog, the best thing you can do is to keep them on a tight leash. Typically, this type of leash is around six feet long and gives you far more control over your dog's behavior should something startle them.
Do keep in mind that even if your dog is good with kids and if traffic, in general, doesn't seem to bother them, that it is still possible for something to overwhelm them. A short leash will help negate these reactions and keep everyone safe.
Within the community, there are a couple of small lakes with limited access. To the west, there is a vast area of woods and Spruce Creek. You may be able to find trails the two of you can follow into the woods. These trails should help keep you cool on hot summer days.
For any other green spaces, you and your pup have no choice but to go for a ride in the car. You can head east to the Seemore Memorial Dog Park. It's the only off-leash dog park in town and is split into separate areas for large and small dogs.
To the south are the 1,600 acres that comprise the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This nature preserve offers you and your dog a walk under the shade of Florida forests and through the swamps. There is a fifteen-foot-tall observation tower you can climb and you can hike the six-mile round trip to New Smyrna Beach and back.