Living in the Cora Ross neighborhood is like living in the country while still being close enough to the city to enjoy the many amenities it has to offer. This small community sits on the edge of Otter Park North to the west and the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail the south. You are also close enough to Pioneer Trail that you can be back in the heart of town in five minutes and on the beach in less than fifteen.
If dining out is your thing, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants and fast-food joints in town and over on the beachside. You can find everything from standard All-American fare to exceptional Mediterranean cuisine. When you need to stock the fridge or buy your pup a bag of dog food or more of their favorite treats, there are several stores in town to choose from on both sides of the Indian River North.
Living out here has another major advantage that goes right along with the tranquil lifestyle in the form of roads that remain quiet most of the day with the exception of rush hours. Pioneer Trail is the only road that might have some traffic on it during the day and the two of you can easily avoid walking on it as there is a sidewalk to use.
Then again, when you have the Multi-Use Trail to the south, why on earth would you want to put yourself and your dog through the stress of walking alongside a busy street? Keep in mind that while you might not see much in the way of vehicular traffic on the trail, you can expect to run into others out walking their dogs as well as hikers and cyclists. All along this paved trail, there is plenty of grass on either side for your dog to walk on which will be much easier on their paws.
To the west of the neighborhood are the many acres of dense woods that make up Otter Park North and Otter Park South. The Multi-Use Trail runs right through the middle of the parks on its way to I-95. The parks have numerous trails running under the dense canopy to help keep you and your dog out of the scorching Florida sun.
If you're up for a bit of a drive, hop on SR-44 and head west to the South Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. It's part of the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area that covers more than 30,000 acres. In 1998, half of the WMA was badly damaged or destroyed in wildfires. Today, it has returned to its natural state and is a beautiful place to take your pooch for long walks in the shade. Be sure to keep an eye out for black bears, whitetail deer, and many other animals who live here.