The southwest corner of New Smyrna Beach contains large areas of woods, residential areas with large rural yards, and a number of businesses. It is one of the lesser densely-packed sections of town and offers a rural setting without being so far out of town that it takes you forever to get to the grocery store.
In fact, SR-44, which is the northern boundary of the southwest section, is a busy highway with lots of places to eat and shop. SR-44 leads back into the heart of town where you can find everything you need within a ten to fifteen-minute drive.
The southwest corner of town is home to large swaths of forest for the two of you walk in and is close to a number of parks, nature preserves, and the beach, all of which offer the two of you amazing places to get out in the fresh air and sunshine.
Most of those who live out here do so for the rural setting. Once you get away from the highway, the traffic is minimal and mostly limited to rush hours and out on the busier streets. This is another good reason to live here as you and your dog should have no problem going for long walks on shady country roads.
Keep in mind that many of the roads out here have no sidewalks, which typically shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't try to go walking on them during rush hours. Luckily, the roads are heavily shaded and provide good cover, though you'll still need to keep an eye out to ensure that vehicles are able to see you as you stroll.
The terrain is fairly flat, so expect to walk for quite a while to get in the appropriate amount of exercise for a high-energy pup.
This area of town is filled with large undeveloped wooded areas. While most are private property, there are plenty of trails with lakes to hike to on hot summer days.
In this corner, the New Smyrna Beach Dog Park provides a large open space with fenced-in areas for both the little guys and the bigger breeds. Each of the two sections of the park has water fountains for the pups and there is a shaded pavilion for owners to sit under.
Being in the southwest corner of town puts you a short drive to the west from the South Tomoka Wildlife Management Area which is part of the 30,000 acres that make up the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area. Over half this area was badly damaged during the 1998 summer wildfires, but has since regrown and offers miles of trails for the two of you to hike, lakes to find, and an incredible amount of wildlife to look for.