Spicewood is a small neighborhood in southeast Bloomington, Indiana, located on the eastern side of Jackson Creek. The neighborhood has a pleasant suburban atmosphere and is removed from the more densely populated parts of the city by a few miles. It has a wide range of homes, many of which are large and upscale, and its streets are lined with well-manicured lawns and plenty of trees.
Being located on the northern side of the Midwest, Bloomington still experiences a full range of all of the seasons, but it tends to have colder lows and milder highs. The warm months in the city can be beautiful with temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees even on the hottest of summer days. Its winters have average lows in the mid-to-low-20s, however, so it will be important to keep yourself and your dog warm when you decide to go for a walk in these chillier months
The terrain in Spicewood is relatively mild, but there are a few hills and inclines that you will encounter while on a walk. If you begin your walk near the southern border of the neighborhood, Rogers Road, you will enter the area on Spicewood Lane and you will initially be going up a small incline. Spicewood Lane itself has a few hills, but when you get into more northern parts of the neighborhood, there are almost no elevation changes to speak of.
Foot and street traffic won’t be much of an issue within the boundaries of this neighborhood because it is a completely residential community. However, on the main thoroughfares that define the borders of the neighborhood such as Rogers Road or S. Sare Road, there will be much more street traffic during rush hour. If you and your dog stick to the residential areas, you won’t be crowded at all in Spicewood.
There are no parks or greenways within the immediate borders of Spicewood and there also aren’t a ton of options nearby. Schmalz Farm Park is a 6.2-acre green area just across from the neighborhood on Sare Road. It has a barn, a dog waste bag station, a large play field, and a playground. While dogs aren't allowed immediately on the playground, they can enjoy the adjacent areas. The park has almost anything you will need for a dog walk or just a place to explore and it is within a short walking distance from the neighborhood.
There is nothing else within walking distance of Spicewood in terms of parks or greenways, but if you are willing to drive a few blocks to the south, you can venture into Olcott Park or Sherwood Oaks Park. These parks are the second-closest to the neighborhood, but they are still outside the official boundaries of the Bloomington area.