McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. McCarthy is 193 km (120 mi) northeast of Cordova at the foot of the Wrangell Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP of McCarthy has a total area of 148.3 square miles (384 square kilometers). None of the area is covered with water. It is connected to the outside World via The McCarthy Road spur of the Edgerton Highway to Chitina, and must be passed through to reach Kennecott, a destination of tourists seeking access to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.