For those who are fortunate to live in Livingston Homestead, you could easily be fooled into thinking you live out in the middle of nowhere! The dense woods provide an incredible amount of privacy along with keeping the traffic noise on Taylor Road to a minimum.
Although it might seem like you live out in the "boonies," the heart of Port Orange is less than fifteen minutes to the east starting where Taylor Road intersects with the I-95 interchange and Dunlawton Avenue. From supermarkets to superstores, you should be able to find anything you need for every member of your family, including the one with the waggly tail.
Living out here, you might not need to worry about finding things like parks and nature preserves. However, over time, walking around the same woods can start to get boring. Within less than twenty minutes' drive, there is a city dog park, the beach, and the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area to provide some variety.
Taylor Road tends to have two busy periods during the day. The first is the morning rush hour and school bus runs. The second is during the same period in the afternoon and early evening. Beyond this, traffic stays moderate during the rest of the day and through the night. The one thing missing along Taylor Road is a sidewalk for you and your dog to walk on. However, on the west side of the road, there is a wide grass berm you can use instead!
If your dog is not used to walking around heavy traffic, you may want to avoid rush hours. No matter what time of day you plan to take your dog out for their daily walk, be sure you use a short leash. Not only will this help you to maintain better control of your dog, but it will also give them a sense of security that will reduce the stress caused by the traffic passing by.
If you have a home in Livingston Homestead, you already live in the middle of a vast green space complete with a small creek buried deep in the woods. However, living in the woods and taking the same walks every day can become dull after a while. If you are looking for somewhere a little different, you can take your dog for a car ride east on Dunlawton Avenue to where it ends on the beach.
You can drive out on the sand and park your car. From there, you and your dog can hike for miles on the sand. Take your time and enjoy the fresh ocean air!
To the west on US-92 is the 30,000 acres of the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area. Here in the dense woods, you and your furry pal can hike on miles of trails searching for the many lakes, ponds, and streams along with hundreds of animals and birds who call this beautiful area home.