Horse, bike and hiking trails are attractions at Acadia National Park in Maine


Q: Can you provide information on Acadia National Park in Maine? We want to vacation there this summer.

A: Acadia National Park, 47 miles southeast of Bangor, Me., on State Route 3, encompasses part of Maine's coast, its coastal mountains and its offshore islands.

The park offers 120 miles of trails and 57 miles of carriage roads, a network of woodland roads that are open only to hikers, bicyclists and horses.

Other facilities include boat cruises, museums on the mainland and on Cranberry Island, beaches, campfire programs, audiovisual and interpretive programs, a cassette tape tour and picnic areas.

Most of the park is open all year, and the visitor center is open from May 1 to Oct. 31. Its spring and fall hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; summer hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A $5 vehicle entrance fee is collected from May 1 to Nov. 1. Boat cruise fares are $10 to $14 and $7 to $9 for children under 12.

All vehicles except electric wheelchairs are restricted to designated roads.

Two campgrounds are available at the park. Reservations are required at Blackwoods Campground from June 15 to Sept. 15. Call (800) 365-2267.

Private campgrounds are also available in the area, and overnight accommodations can be arranged in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Ellsworth and Southwest Harbor.

All are within 20 miles of the park.

More information: Superintendent, Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609; (207) 288-3338.

Q: My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland and would like to do some sightseeing by tandem bicycle. Could we arrange to rent one for our arrival?

A: There is only one store renting tandems in Dublin, according to the Irish Tourist Board. Contact Joe Daly Cycles, Main Street Lower, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland; (353 1) 298 1485.

Rates are $25 a day, calculated at $1.67 to the pound. Daly's has three tandems, and reservations are strongly advised.

Elsewhere, local tourist board offices can help. For a list of their addresses and phone numbers, contact the Irish Tourist Board, 345 Park Ave. New York, N.Y. 10154; (212) 418-0800 or (800) 223-6470.

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