Forest Lake is an apartment community on Beville Road out by Pelican Bay and on the south side of Daytona International Airport. Living here means being far enough away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a little peace but close enough to it that you can be in the thick of it in minutes. You can be at the Volusia Mall in ten minutes on a good day and at Daytona International Speedway in fifteen unless the races are going on, in which case, it is going to take a lot longer to get there or anywhere else.
If you like to eat out, there are plenty of excellent restaurants within driving distance serving everything from seafood to spaghetti. Or, if you like to dance the night away, there are a number of trendy nightclubs over on the beachside. In June through September, the temperatures hover in the 90s with high humidity, perfect for warm weather lovers.
The terrain is much like you might expect in a planned community. There is a large lake in the middle of Forest Lake with a water fountain and a walking trail running all the way around it. You and your pooch are welcome to use the trail for your walks, but your pup must be on a leash and cleaned up after.
Beyond this, the two of you can use the sidewalks to take you into neighboring communities to extend your walks and make them more interesting. Start out slow to give your dog's paws time to grow calluses that will protect them from the rough surface of the sidewalks when you are ready to move on to longer walks. During the months when the daytime temperatures are in the 90s, be sure you take your walks in the early morning hours while the sidewalks are still cool and comfortable to walk on.
Within Forest Lake, you have lawns to walk around on, the lake, and its trail to enjoy. While the entire Pelican Bay community next door is built around a golf course, you and Fido are not allowed to go for walks in the rough or out on the fairways.
If you take US-92 to the west, it will take you and your four-legged friend to the Tiger Bay State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Here, the two of you can spend hour upon hour hiking the many trails running through the WMA which covers over 30,000 acres. Take your time and keep your eyes peeled for the many birds and animals that call the area home. You might see a brown bear, whitetail deer, the occasional alligator, bald eagles, and many others as long as you are quiet! Just remember to give the local wildlife a wide berth!