The community of Harbor Oaks sits to the east of US-1 and alongside the Halifax River. The houses here are modest single-family homes, most of which have decent sized yards. Being alongside US-1 comes with a lot of traffic and noise, but you will get used to it in no time! On top of being on the west bank of the Halifax River, there is a canal running through the community on a north-south route. Many of the homes have private docks here.
There are a few bars and local restaurants out here along US-1 along with the Bayshore Animal Hospital Port Orange, just in case something should happen to your pup. However, for grocery stores and the like, you have a ten-minute drive to the north to Dunlawton Avenue. Dunlawton is the central shopping district in Port Orange and home to most of the big box stores, local and chain restaurants, and shopping centers in town.
US-1 is a bustling highway during most of the day, starting before rush hour and running late into the evening. It's not really the type of road you should take your dog walking next to, even if they are used to traffic noise. Luckily, once rush hours are over, traffic is minimal unless school is in session and the buses are running. The one thing missing is sidewalks for you and your dog to walk on. Try to avoid walking during peak traffic times to minimize your exposure and risk of injury.
The other thing you have to worry about is the number of children at play in the area. You never know if they are going to run over and startle your pup! Be sure you keep your pooch on a short leash, otherwise, stick to walking in areas away from the bus stops to avoid unnecessary fawning.
Unfortunately, there are no real greenways in the immediate area around this residential community. Most of the homes will have some manner of lawn, though you'll want to be careful not to wander onto private property.
If you're looking for a park to visit, Spruce Creek Park is an available option to the south. This park offers 23 acres to explore with your pooch in tow, providing a playground, picnicking areas, and a canoe launch for those with experience on the waterways. Three miles of nature trails provides plenty of opportunities to get in some much needed exercise.
Your other option is to venture northwards to the Margaret Buschman Parcel, a larger space offering some smaller, more simple walking trails around a relatively sizeable lake. With plenty of trees for shady coverage, this area is perfect for a quick stop with your pup while avoiding any blinding rays of the sun overhead.