Ridgewood Heights sits alongside S. Ridgewood Avenue and is a blend of condos, apartments, single-family homes, and small businesses. For those of you who like to slip out for a quick bite to eat, there are several eateries right in the neighborhood.
The community also sits on the edge of the Daytona Beach Golf Course and within a block of the Halifax River. There are a few small dog-friendly parks nearby, but you need a bag of dog food, it's a bit of drive to the nearest pet supply store.
For those who are tired of dealing with winter snows and temperatures, Daytona offers mild winters with average temperatures during the day in the 40s and 50s. Summers are amazing with temperatures in the 90s for weeks on end, long sunny days, and only the occasional thunderstorm to worry about. There are very few days when you won't want to get out there and take your pup for a walk!
The terrain in Ridgewood Heights is a blend of golf course green and urban environments. No matter what you call it, the land here is flat and unexciting. However, this doesn't mean you can't find ways to make your walks interesting and challenging.
For example, you can take your pup out and cover different blocks or go up to the banks of the Halifax River! If Fido is just getting started, you need to make sure you give the bottoms of their paws time to build up a layer of calluses. This can take a little time, but it will save them from pain and discomfort from long walks.
Keep in mind that during the summer months, the pavement can reach temperatures of 135° which is hot enough to even cause burns! During the summer months, you should take your walks early in the morning before the sidewalks get too hot for yourpup to walk on safely.
It might seem funny to live next door to a huge green area that you and your pup probably aren't allowed to walk on. The Daytona Beach Golf Course sits on the west boundary of the community but may not be open to the idea of local dogs using the fairways for walks.
There are several large parks in the area starting with Tomoka State Park just north of Ormond Beach on Beach St. The park sits astride the Tomoka River and is approximately 2,000 acres of hammock dunes and deep woods. There is a half-mile nature trail and a mile long paved trail for you and Fido to hike along.
Alternatively, you can cruise west on US 92 to the Tiger Bay State Forest and the Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. Here, you will find over 30,000 acres of prime Florida forest with miles of trails running through them that will keep you and your pooch hiking for months.