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McCarthy Road

between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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Great Alaskan experience!

We rented a 4x4 Jeep Cherokee from a company that allows you to drive this road and then saw plenty... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
ExploreAZcouple
,
Glendale, Arizona
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We enjoyed it.

Wildlife, trees, tranquil, beautiful plus at the end of the road you get to McCarthy and Kennecott... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HERMAN C
,
Lafayette, Louisiana
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“copper river” (2 reviews)
“rv” (3 reviews)
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between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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"copper river"
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"bumpy"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We rented a 4x4 Jeep Cherokee from a company that allows you to drive this road and then saw plenty of sedans that had made the trip! The road isn’t that bad anymore, just keep it under 35mph (and make sure the rental company allows...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wildlife, trees, tranquil, beautiful plus at the end of the road you get to McCarthy and Kennecott and the glacier. This was my first visit since my original one 25 years ago. The road is much improved. About 60 miles is gravel but no problem...More

Thank HERMAN C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road wasn’t as some of the reviews I read. I’ve been on much worse dirt roads than this one. I drove the road in 2 hours each way. My sons and I saw a moose and a bear driving the road. I would recommend...More

Thank Fred B
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We had a hard time finding out information about this road before traveling it. We were afraid about traveling it in a rental car. It was not as bumpy as we thought it would be and we saw no railroad spikes in it. Of course,...More

2  Thank teachcolorado
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

We travelled the road to McCarthy in October, 2017. About ten miles at the beginning are paved, intermittently, although subsidence of the roadway makes for some very rough driving in parts. Views are spectacular throughout. Surprisingly, we found good cellphone coverage at McCarthy, probably because...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We rented a Ford Fusion in anchorage. After making sure the company would allow us to drive the mccarthy road, we made our way out, not sure what to expect. While the paved portion has plenty of potholes, the dirt portion is bumpy but manageable....More

1  Thank Christian E
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

For 12 months in 2015/2016 we drove our RV from Maine 23,000 miles plus 13,000 miles in our RV including above Artic Circle with 2 months in Alaska. We camped near Chitna and drove the Ford Focus to McCarthy in late August. For such a...More

2  Thank warrenrmarteljr
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Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

It is a beautiful drive. We were in our Ford 350 pulling our 34' toy hauler with a 4 wheeler in it. It took about 2 1/2 hours, there are pullouts and lots of photo opportunities. It's bumpy and if your not towing a trailer...More

3  Thank Carman S
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Reviewed October 20, 2015

You will have to open your eye while enjoying the van ride. The ride will be in an awful bumpy road which is in a very slow ran car. If you will drive is fine, you can stopped as much as you can. There are...More

3  Thank ShavyB
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

After reading reviews and actually talking to someone in McCarthy, I thought this road would be ok. I was wrong. Except for about 10 of the 60 miles, this road was TERRIBLE. Full of potholes. I guess we got it after some days of rain....More

1  Thank Kimberly G
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Christine R
October 30, 2015|
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Response from Jamie H |
Hey Christine, Once you get to the end of the 60 mile gravel road, you will park at the Footbridge (or other businesses if you are planning to use their services). Once you cross the footbridge, you would walk about 1 mile... More
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