Waters Edge is a carefully laid out community of single-family houses next door to the Cypress Head Golf Club on the west side of I-95. The community is laid out in a number of interestingly shaped neighborhoods surrounded by small sections of woods and lakes. It's a rural setting of tightly packed houses close to Creekside Elementary School that is still growing as more homes are being added.
Living here may put on you the "wrong" side of I-95, but don't be fooled by the rural setting! It's a short drive north on South Williamson Boulevard to where Dunlawton Avenue and I-95 meet. The intersection is home to a diverse range of stores including clothing, grocery, and places to buy pet supplies. Along with this, there are several great chain and local restaurants for you and your family to check out when you don't feel like cooking a meal or just need a night out.
You won't find much variation in the terrain in Waters Edge, as the majority of the land is developed and won't present any real challenge. This may be ideal for smaller pups or dogs with mobility issues, however, so it can still be a great place to walk, depending on your dog's needs!
The area has generous amounts of sidewalks to wander around on, keeping you safe and out of the way of oncoming traffic. The only real detriment is that there doesn't seem to be an adequate amount of trees along these neighborhood streets to provide much in the way of shade. You'll want to keep your walks short during hotter days to prevent getting overheated.
For some interesting views, you can take your walks around the streets that venture around some water features and small lakes and ponds. These can keep the view less boring as you take your daily stroll with your pup.
The entire Waters Edge community sits within a massive green space with all the small sections of woods and lakes scattered throughout. But if you want a green space outside of the community to go for walks in, the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve is nearby. The preserve covers over 1,600 acres of forests, open fields, and swamps. There is a 15-foot tall observation tower overlooking the swamps for you and your pooch to explore all the way to New Smyrna Beach.
If you take Pioneer Trail and head west, the two of you will end up in the South Tomoka Wildlife Management Area which is part of the 30,000 acres comprising the Tiger Bay State Forest. Here, you and your dog can hike deep into the woods in search of the many species of wildlife that make the preserve their home. Be sure you bring plenty of water and your favorite mosquito repellent!