Bent Oak is a good name for this family-friendly neighborhood thanks to massive oak trees in and around the area. Along with plenty of shade trees, there is a small lake on the west side and a vast expanse of woods where you and your pup might find trails that take you deep into the woods and out of the summer sun's harsh glare. While the houses here are older and well-established, the entire community works together to keep things looking neat, keeping the neighborhood safe for everyone.
For shopping, it's a five-minute drive to SR-421, also known as Dunlawton Avenue. Along with being the main connector to Interstate-95, this highway is also home most of the stores, shopping centers, and strip malls in town. From nuts and bolts to pet supplies, you can find stores selling just about everything. It is also home to a fabulous selection of both chain and local restaurants that are definitely worth checking out.
One of the great things about living in the Bent Oak neighborhood is that you are at the end of the road and the only vehicular traffic you are likely to encounter is from traveling residents. Since this is a family-friendly area with lots of kids, the school buses run through twice a day. The easiest way for you and your dog to deal with this is to take your walks at alternative times.
Fortunately, there are sidewalks for the two of you to walk on with grass berms for your pup to use, keeping their paws cooler. The one thing you should always be on the lookout for is kids of all ages running around and playing. Many will run towards the two of you, wanting to pet the puppy! It is crucial that you have your dog on a short leash to help maintain better control. Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind every time you go out for a walk.
There is a small lake in the middle of Whippoorwill Drive where you can take your dog for walks. The two of you might find trails running through the trees to explore while getting out of the sun's glare. You are also only a five-minute drive from the All Children's Park and Seemore Memorial Park.
The All Children's Park is set in on a heavily wooded space at the corner of Spruce Creek Road and Central Park Boulevard. In the park, there is a sizeable playground that will keep your younger children occupied for hours, huge athletic fields to run around on, and nature trails to follow.
Next door is the one-acre Seemore Memorial Dog Park. The park provides three fenced-in areas, including one for special needs and elderly dogs. Each of the sections has shady benches for you to sit on, water for the dogs, and plenty of room for the pups to run around off-leash.