Ward Higbees Trope Grant is a vast wooded area just off Turnbull Bay Road with a few houses scattered throughout. However, most of the area is dense woods filled with trails for you and your dog to go for walks along in the shade. Living here puts you next door to both to the Turnbull Bay and St. Andrew's Golf Courses, two of the many golf courses here in New Smyrna Beach.
You may have to deal with some noise from the nearby airport, but the number of flights is minimal, so it won't interrupt much of your day. Turnbull Bay is only a few minutes to the east and the beach is only fifteen minutes further in the same direction. Sheer peace and quiet is a good enough reason to live out here, but the beauty of life among the woods is the icing on the cake.
This may be one of the most peaceful areas of New Smyrna Beach for most of the day, rush hours being the only time it gets really busy on the roads. This being said, you and your pup will be walking in the streets if you choose not to walk in the woods. This means following all the road safety rules and walking against the traffic so you can see what is coming towards you.
The ground here is quite flat and may not make for the most challenging of walks, but then again, every walk the two of you take is only as challenging as you make it. Taking the trails in the woods means walking on mostly soft sand, which is hard to walk on and makes each step a little more difficult than the last. It's a good way to burn off a few calories while, at the same time, enjoying being out in the fresh air.
The entire Ward Higbees Trope Grant is one massive green space of deep woods with just a few homes inside. It's a great place to live when you have a dog as you never have to go far to find trails to hike on.
Ten minutes to the north is the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This nature preserve covers more than 1,600 acres of dense woods, scrub, and swamps. Along with this, there are miles of trails to explore. Some take you all the way to Rose Bay and back. Be sure to check out the 15-foot high observation tower with a bird's eye view out over the swamps.
If you and your dog are up for a ride in the car, you can hop on SR-44 and head west to the South Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is part of the greater Tiger Bay WMA that covers 30,000 plus acres of forests and miles of trails for the two of you to hike along.