The tiny neighborhood of Allan Park sits on Jean Francis Lane, occupying the one block of ground between US-1 and Riverside Drive on the Halifax River. The houses here are large and luxurious with big yards, plenty of trees, and there are a couple of lakes to go with it all.
Living this close to US-1, one of the oldest highways running along the east coast, means living with a certain amount of traffic noise, but it also means being close to shopping, great places to eat, and one of the main commuter roads between New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach.
When it comes to parks, Buschman Park to the east is the closest place to take your dog out to play. Alternatively, you aren't that far from the Dunlawton Bridge that takes you over to the shores of the Atlantic coast where you and your dog can enjoy walking or jogging for miles.
Thankfully, you are not directly on US-1, as this is a bustling highway at virtually any time of the day or night, but particularly during the daylight hours. While I-95 has long since absorbed the traffic that used to flow from Fort Kent in Maine all the way down to Key West, this stretch of highway is still not the kind of place you should be taking your dog for walks.
However, Palmetto Street and Riverside Drive are only busy during rush hours and even that amount of traffic is minimal. You can cross to the other side of Riverside Drive and use the grass that runs along the bank of the river, providing places for people to build their docks and for your walks. The grass runs for miles in both directions and allows you to enjoy watching the boats and birds you encounter in the water along the way.
Beyond the wide grass strip running alongside the Halifax River, your home in Allan Park is equidistant from the Dunlawton Avenue bridge over to Daytona Beach Shores, Wilbur-by-the-Sea, and Rose Bay where you will find the northernmost entrance to the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve.
Over on the beachside, you can park your car on the sand and then choose which direction to take off in. Either offers you and your pooch miles of dunes to challenge you on the way.While sand is everywhere in Florida, if you choose to go to the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, at least the trails are hard packed from thousands of feet hiking along them! Some of the trails run past the swamps, others in the shade under the dense forest canopy. If you follow the main trail, it will take you all the way to New Smyrna Beach and back; a trip of six miles and a great hike for both of you!