The Elizabeth Bunch Grant community stretches from the Halifax River all the way west to the Spruce Creek Road and the Port Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility. Parts of this neighborhood are residential while others are commercial. The area also straddles US-1, one of the busiest north-south highways running along the east coast. Most of the houses here are single-family units with a few duplexes added into the mix.
The entire community sits two blocks from Dunlawton Avenue, the main east-west highway and the central shopping district. Along both sides of this vital highway, you will find a large selection of big-box retailers, pet supply stores, and strip malls. For those of you who like to eat out, many of the best restaurants in town can be found here.
There is a large green space on the north side of Oak Street where you and your dog can play. The beach is less than ten minutes to the east and there are several other parks and nature preserves in the area.
Straddling US-1 and with a large number of businesses in the area, you should expect to see a lot of traffic during the day, especially during rush hour. With so many families living here, the school buses work their magic in the mornings and afternoons. Beyond these times, and as long as you take your dog walking in the residential neighborhoods, traffic should not be an issue.
The terrain here is mostly flat, meaning you and your dog will have to substitute distance for the lack of hills to help make your walks more challenging. Those who live on the east side of the highway have access to the large grass walkway running along the Halifax River on the other side of Riverside Drive. This is a safe place to go for walks and you have the added pleasure of watching the boats cruising by on the river!
The nearest green space on the west side of the highway is the vast empty field on the west side of the FEC railroad tracks. Here, you and your dog can play in the wide-open areas of grass, hang out under the shade trees, and take a hike around the lake. Those who live on the east side of the highway have access to the riverside walkway.
If you hop in the car with your dog, you can be driving on the beach within ten minutes. The coast offers miles of sand and surf to hike along and an opportunity to cool off in the water when things get too hot. Be sure you get here early as the area tends to become crowded and finding a place to park can be challenging.
The only fenced-in dog park in town is ten minutes to the south on Spruce Creek Road. The Seemore Memorial Dog Park covers one full-acre and is divided into three separate areas for pups of all sorts.