McCarthy is a historic town in the center of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
McCarthy can be reached by driving the highly scenic McCarthy Road, a 60-mile long gravel road beginning at the Copper River near Chitina. The road is built on part of the orginal rail bed for the Copper River Northwestern Railway, which ran copper ore from Kennicott to Cordova until 1938.
Although usually suitable for passenger vehicles, road is notorious for potholes, washouts, railroad spikes and flat tires. Drivers should check current road conditions at Park Headquarters, (907) 822-5234.
Many visitors choose to leave their car at Chitina and take a shuttle into the park on the McCarthy Road.
Visitors to McCarthy should come prepared with good walking shoes, rain or wind jacket, hat, gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen. If you are seeking outdoor recreation you will find ample opportunity. You'll be walking and exploring historic sites, maybe even trekking on a glacier, or climbing a mountain!
The McCarthy Road ends at a footbridge across the Kennicott River. From here it is about 0.5 miles to the town of McCarthy, and 5 miles uphill to Kennicott. You can walk, ride a bike, or take a shuttle.
There are very few places to eat in the McCarthy/Kennicott area, but they all offer good food in an extremely remote area. In McCarthy there are 3 places to eat:
The Potato- Open daily from 9-7 The Golden Saloon- Open daily for breakfast 7:30-930 and for dinner 5-10(bar stays open later, kitchen closes at 10) The Lodge- Open daily from 6-9.
In Kennicott there are 2 places to get a warm meal:
The Pizza Bus- Hours? Kennicott Glacier Lodge- Hours?