Know Before You Go
The McCarthy Road ends at the footbridge that crosses the Kennicott River, approximately 5 miles from the town of Kennicott. To get to Kennicott, you must park your car, walk across the bridge with your bags.Coming from Edgerton Highway through Chitina, the pavement ends at the Copper River. Continue across the bridge to the gravel "McCarthy Road". On McCarthy Road continue to the end at Kennicott River. A footbridge to McCarthy is available there. From McCarthy, it is 4.5 miles to Kennicott. Kennicott can only be reached by foot or the available shuttles.Remember, services are limited once you begin your journey along the McCarthy Road In wet weather the road often becomes muddy and slippery. Portions of the road may be subject to washouts after heavy rains. Soft shoulders have led to numerous accidents and vehicle damage. Carry at least one spare tire and an adequate car jack. Most people spend a minimum of two days exploring the McCarthy/Kennicott area. Camping is allowed near the end of the road. Lodging is available at McCarthy and Kennicott. Reservations are recommended. There are several eating establishments and a bar. There are numerous adventure services available, such as flight seeing around the Wrangell Mountain Range, rafting, mountaineering, and guided historic and wilderness tours. The Wrangell Mountain Center offers accredited courses in wilderness studies. Most of these services shut down for the winter.