River Oaks is a small neighborhood of luxury homes on Spruce Creek Road. The houses sit on heavily shaded manicured lots in a very tranquil setting. It's a great family neighborhood with plenty of room to walk the family dog. Spruce Creek itself is only a short walk away down Spruce Creek Road.
Being able to enjoy the peace and quiet comes with a price tag, albeit how much of one depends on what you like to do. If you like to eat out and go shopping a lot, you will have to drive out to the I-95 interchange. Here, you can find everything you need including pet supplies and a great selection of restaurants.
But if you like to go for long hikes with your dog, both the beach and the nearest nature preserves are a little bit further out. Of course, once you get there, you will find the trip more than worthwhile.
River Oaks and the surrounding neighborhoods offer upscale living and quiet communities. Being close to the end of Spruce Creek Road where it runs into the creek, traffic is limited mostly to morning and evening rush hours and when the school buses are running. The rest of the day and night, the streets are quiet.
However, without sidewalks, you and your dog will be sharing the roads with what little traffic there is. There is plenty of shade to help keep the two of you cool on hot summer days, but it also makes it harder for drivers to see you. Dress to be seen and keep your dog on a short leash for maximum control.
When walking around River Oaks becomes too easy and you need to add more distance, there are numerous neighborhoods surrounding you to choose from. Most have similar traffic levels and make an excellent addition to your walks.
While there isn't much in the way of green spaces nearby for you and your dog to enjoy, the beach isn't much more than a fifteen-minute drive from your home. Along with plenty of sunshine and fresh ocean air, the beach offers you miles of soft sand to work your leg muscles, miles of firm, wet sand to take long relaxing walks on, and, of course, the Atlantic waters to enjoy a refreshing swim in.
The Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve is a bit of a drive to the south as the journey there involves going north first. But, once you get there, you see why so many people bring their dogs to go for long hikes. There are miles of trails that take you through swamps and dense forest all the way down to New Smyrna Beach if you're up for the hike. It's only six miles round-trip!