Barley Heights is a small family-oriented residential neighborhood located on Lafayette Avenue. To the west of you are the FEC railroad tracks with a small area of woods being the only buffer. As tempting as it might be, neither you nor your dog should walk along the tracks as it can present a few hazards.
Living here may mean having to deal with a lot of traffic and train noise, but at the same time, it puts you with ten minutes of the central shopping district that runs on both sides of Dunlawton Avenue. From small boutiques in strip malls to big box stores like Walmart and Big Lots, you can find them all on Dunlawton. You can also find grocery stores and pet supply stores here to keep your pup happily stocked up on their favorite foods and treats.
You are within a few minutes' drive of the beach, several parks and forests, and nature preserves in the area as well.
Within Barley Heights, you aren't likely to see much in the way of traffic, but with a large mobile home community directly to the south, the traffic flowing onto and off of South Ridgewood Drive during rush hours does create a lot of traffic in the area. Lafayette Avenue is a bustling road on Sundays due to the Church of the Epiphany immediately to the north.
Once traffic has settled down, you can take your pup for walks within the confines of the mobile home park to the south. There are several blocks in the park for you and your dog to use for walking. Keep in mind that there are many families with children living here. You and your dog are likely to encounter lots of them on your walks unless you go out very early in the morning. Keeping your dog on a short leash as it is the best way to keep everyone safe!
There is a small area of woods on the western end of the Barley Heights neighborhood where you and your dog can romp around. Once again, stay away from the tracks as the area on both sides of them are private property and the trains pose a safety risk.
Thankfully, you are only a five-minute drive from Buschmann Park and the Margaret Buschman Parcel. Combined, these areas offer a lake with a walking trail and a fishing pier. The pier also has a pavilion for public use. There are nature trails for you and your dog to explore and exercise equipment to "pump you up!"
One of the cool things about living in the Port Orange area is that you can pile the whole family into the car, drive out onto the beach, park, and have a picnic! Then you and your dog can take off for a long walk, logging as many miles as you feel hiking along the sand.