The Groves is a residential community split in half by Madeline Avenue running east-west through the area. Each half of the neighborhood has a small lake for the residents to enjoy and the northern half has a wide border of woods to the west. The houses here are modest single-family homes which means there's going to be a lot of kids out playing during the day in this family-oriented neighborhood.
Having a home here puts you in the middle when it comes to finding places to go shopping. To the south, you have Dunlawton Avenue and the many different stores located on both sides of that roadway. To the north, you have Beville Road, leading to South Daytona and Daytona Beach. Both sides of this road have plenty to offer. You'll also have easy access to a Walmart Neighborhood Market on Madeline just past the junction with South Clyde Morris Boulevard.
While Madeline Avenue is a bustling road during most of the daytime, the streets inside of both halves of this neighborhood tend to be reasonably quiet after rush hours have gone by. Past these times, you have buses during the school year and the usual light traffic. Thankfully, there are sidewalks for both you and your dog to use and a handy grass berm for your pup to enjoy strolling on.
Because Groves is very much a family community, you and your dog should be aware that, during the day, children of all ages are likely to be playing, skating, and cycling on the sidewalks and in the roads. While most will not bother you, some may come running up to pet your dog. Be sure you remind them to ask before they get too close and to approach slowly. Keep your pooch on a short leash to help you maintain better control.
Beyond the woods on the west side of the northern half of the community, there simply isn't much in the way of usable green space within walking distance. However, within no more than a twenty-minute drive of your home, you will find the Tiger Bay State Forest, the beach, the local dog park, and the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve.
The Tiger Bay State Forest is a part of the 30,000 acres that make up the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area. Here, you and your dog can hike for many miles on the trails running throughout the area. Be sure you bring water and a bowl for your pup. It is far too easy to become dehydrated out here!The Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Park covers over 1,600 acres of wetlands and forest with numerous trails the two of you can hike on. At least one will take you all the way to New Smyrna Beach and back from Rose Bay.