The community at Horseshoe Lake is still growing, but currently consists of a small selection of single-family homes out on FL-11, north of the Deland Airport. Living here puts you almost out of town to the north, but living on the lake is worth being this far north. It gets you away from the crowds and constant traffic. The houses that have been built are placed very close together, leaving room for more development in the future.
However, just because it feels like you live way out of town, you really aren't as far as you would like to think! The Deland Walmart Supercenter and the rest of the shopping district is only ten minutes to the south. Right next door is a Publix Supermarket which offers everything you need to keep your whole family, including your dog, well-fed. In town, you will also find a fantastic selection of restaurants to try out.
In this neighborhood, the roads stay pretty quiet most of the day and even rush hours are minimal. Within the residential areas, there are sidewalks already put in for you and your pup to use, even in the areas waiting to be developed. These areas give the two of you somewhere to go walking where you won't have to worry about much in the way of cars or people. However, with both Horseshoe Lake and Like Mamie Nearby, you may find the odd gator taking a stroll from time to time.
If you walk along Aquamarine Drive to the north, you can still find some areas of woods with trails the two of you can go walking on. Just don't forget that, as the area develops, much of this land will eventually become someone's backyard! The only real difference this might make is to add a little more traffic to the area and more people to deal with.
Living out here is like being in a vast green space, but much of what you see is private property, limiting your ability to walk on it with your dog. A few minutes to the east on US-92 will bring you and your dog to the Clark Bay Conservation Area covering 4,795 acres where tree farming once irreparably damaged the natural infrastructure. Today, there are several trails for you and your dog to hike along and tons of wildlife like the Florida black bear, sandhill cranes, deer, gopher tortoises, and many more to see!
If you are going to drive this far, why not go a little further and take your dog hiking in the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area that covers an additional 30,000 acres of forest, wetlands, lakes, and springs? Both of these places make excellent venues to take your entire family for long nature hikes. Remember to bring plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your dog. You won't find any potable water out here!