Volusia County has numerous parks both on the beaches, on the river and inland. New Smyrna's Dunes Park has boardwalks that stretch from the river to the ocean. For dog lovers it's a must as pets are welcomed. For runners, what could be better that miles of hard packed sand? Our beaches are not the soft shell like in South Florida. As you'll remember, the original Daytona Beach 500 took place on the wide, hard beaches of our neighbor just north.