The community of Riverwood lives up to its name. Not only do many of the homes sit on man made canals, but at the same time, you sit next to Spruce Creek which feeds directly into Strickland Bay. To the immediate east is the FEC rail line and parts of the Spruce Creek Preserve. This is one of the southernmost communities in town, keeping it relatively peaceful and private.
This is a family neighborhood of larger homes set in manicured yards with a Homeowner's Association. All sections of the community have wide streets and sidewalks for you to use. Being close to Spruce Creek Road also means only being a few minutes away from Dunlawton Avenue, the heart of shopping in town.
Living here also puts you close to the local dog park, Spruce Creek Park, the Atlantic coast, and the vast area of wetlands and forests that comprise the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. All are exceptional green spaces to enjoy with your pup!
Riverwood is a large community of upscale homes in an idyllic setting with a view of Strickland Bay and the surrounding wetlands. You are far enough away from town to miss out on the noise, but you will have daily rush hour traffic to deal with. Most of the streets have sidewalks for you to use, which will keep you and your dog safe from the traffic.
Many children who live here like to play in their front yards and out in the streets. Walking your dog around kids can be challenging, at best, especially since most of them will want to run up and pet your dog. Even the most patient of pups can become startled by a horde of kids. Be sure you always use a short leash when walking in the neighborhood to ensure everyone, including your dog, stays safe. Being alert will help you on your walks around this family neighborhood.
Being on the waterways means that many of the residents have docks out on the water or live on a small lake. On the other side of the FEC tracks, there are woods and wetlands and, to the south, the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve provides many trails that wander through the preserve. You and your dog can use them to hike the six miles to New Smyrna Beach and back. The trails take you through wetlands, swamps, and dense forests, making it one of the best places in the area to explore.
If a place to let your dog run around off-leash is more what you have in mind, the Seemore Memorial Dog Park is a three-minute drive to the north. The park covers a full acre and is split into separate areas for large and small breeds. Each area has a water fountain for the dogs and benches in the shade.