As I was searching through my messy garage for some inane object that I couldn't find, I came across two simple adult bicycles which I remember purchasing back in 1995. I also remember that Mindy and I rode those bikes maybe twice. The rationalization was that there were too many inclines on the road where we live. But it did get me to thinking about the possibility of transporting these bikes to a family friendly bike trail and actually ride them instead of just looking at them. So here are some easy bike trails for your family to try out.

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    Ridgefield Rail Trail

    This gravel trail is an easy 2.5 miles and perfect for little kids. You'll ride alongside a brook, pass a couple of town parks and open spaces including the Florida Refuge. The trailhead is on Halpin Lane.

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    Monroe Housatonic Rail-Trail

    This trail is also known as the Pequonock Greenway. This 5 mile trail is wide, easy, and made of crushed stone, which makes it easy for any level rider. If you begin at Great Hollow Lake Park and ride to the Newtown town line and back, it will take you between 1 and 2 hours. If you're thinking about continuing on the Newtown Trail, bring along a mountain bike. Your GPS address is 40 Purdy Hill Road in Monroe, CT

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    Middlebury Greenway

    This 4.4 mile asphalt trail winds through the residential communities of Middlebury and is connected through parks and businesses. This trail gives you the option of running a couple of errands without using your car. If you decide to ride the trail out and back, travel east to west for an easier downhill return.

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    Kress Family Trail

    The Kress Family Trail follows an old rail bed of the old Shepaug Railroad. This 2.5 mile dirt trail follows along the Shepaug River and is shared with walkers and joggers. The Roxbury Land Trust has built a small parking area off Botsford Hill Road near Rt.67

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    Larkin State Park Trail

    The Larkin State Park Trail crosses through four towns.....Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, and Southbury. This 10.3 mile trail serves walkers, joggers, bikers, and hikers. The trail is shaded with lush vegetation and takes you on a gorgeous journey through woodlands, open water ponds, horse farms, and stream side passages. Check out the website for directions and how to access the trails. Oh, and don't forget to wear your bike helmet!

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