Barefoot Park is a large mobile home community on Madeline Avenue, close to South Nova Road. Unlike many such communities, the homes here have larger spaces and the entire neighborhood is well-kept. The neighbors watch out for each other, making a safe place to raise your kids or grow old. Living here puts you close to Atlantic High School-Volusia and Reed Canal Park.
While you may not be living in the middle of town, if you take South Nova Road north, you can be in the center of the shopping district that runs along both sides of Dunlawton Avenue. Along this road, you will find local stores, big box retailers, grocery stores, and, more importantly, at least two different places to buy your dog their favorite foods and treats.
From here, you and your dog can be at any of the many parks, beaches, nature preserves, and places for the two of you to stretch your legs.
Barefoot Park is a working-class community and you can count on heavy traffic during the morning and evening rush hours. During the school year, the buses run their daily routes as well. Beyond these daily events, the rest of the day here is relatively tranquil with only minimal traffic to deal with. There are sidewalks on all the streets, but not much in the way of shade trees. Thankfully, the sidewalks keep you off the roads, but the noise from the traffic can cause some dogs to become nervous.
Pedestrian traffic may be an issue as well for skittish pups. Try to avoid the peak walking hours and opt for earlier or later in the day if your dog needs some special accommodations. Alterantively, visit an open green space where there is much more room to roam. It can help when you need to put space between your pooch and other pedestrians.
Living in Barefoot Park puts you within a ten-minute walk of the woods at the southern end of Reed Canal Park. The park offers a large swath of trees with several nature trails running through them. Once you clear the woods, there is a walking path around a small lake that takes you to a huge field where you and your dog can run around and play.
If you're up for a little driving, the Seemore Memorial Dog Park is less than fifteen minutes to the south on Spruce Creek Road. The park covers a full acre and has one feature you don't often see. While it is quite common for dog parks to have two fenced-in sections for large and small breeds, here, you will find a third area. This one is for dogs who have special needs, providing ample space for dogs of all shapes and sizes to find a place to play.