7 Maryland bike trails fit for the family

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biketrailBy Allison Eatough

There are many great bike trails in Maryland for families to enjoy which is good news for a dad like Derek Smothers of Elkridge.

With three children ages 15, 13 and 2, Smothers has found one activity the entire family can truly enjoy together — riding bikes.

"It's something the 2-year-old can do, the 13-year-old can do, the 15-year-old can do and mom can do... It's something we can all do and enjoy ourselves," he says of riding bike trails.

Smothers, a sales associate at Bike Doctor of Crofton, says he and his wife, April, grew up with bicycles, and they wanted their children to learn the joy of cycling early on. They frequently rode with their two older children, Alexis, 15, and Robert, 13, on the paved bike paths around Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

"Despite some flat tires, we always had a good time going around the park," he says.

Now, their youngest child, Joseph, is zipping around on a pedal-less balance bike, also known as a scoot bike. By fall, Smothers says Joseph should be ready to join the family on its next adventure: biking the BWI Trail.

Maryland is filled with paved and unpaved bicycle trails. While many are for more advanced riders, there are plenty fit for family outings. If your family is ready for some two-wheeled fun, check out the following spots.

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