Rider coming downhill along CTH K

Downhill on the "Ride with Leinie" trail

This rider is headed downhill on the newest part of the Conover-Phelps Trail. Plan to enjoy this sweeping descent yourself this summer! One especially good time to do so will be on July 30 during Ride with Leinie 2022.

Get more information and register for this ride with Dick Leinenkugel by clicking HERE!

Get a map of the completed Conover-Phelps Trail - click here!

At the Phelps end of the "Leinie Ride" trail

The Conover-Phelps Trail takes you right up to the shores of North Twin Lake in Phelps' Lakefront Pines Park.

That's where riders will enjoy a festive gathering at the halfway point of Ride with Leinie on July 30, 2022.

Get more information and register for this ride with Dick Leinenkugel - click HERE!

Use this link to get the NEW TRAIL MAP.

At Muskrat Creek

A Ride with Leinie bridge crossing

This summer's Ride with Leinie will use the entire Conover-Phelps Trail, and more!

Get details and register for this ride with Dick Leinenkugel by clicking HERE!

Use this link to get a map of the newly completed trail.

2022 brings 2 great organized Rides!

This summer plan to enjoy RIDE WITH LEINIE on the newly completed Conover-Phelps Trail on July 30 and the eighth annual SEPTIMBER RIDE based at Tribute Brewery in Eagle River on Sept. 10.

Ensure the ongoing quality of the Conover-Phelps Trail!

By 2017, 8.7 miles of trail was in place and paid for!

$300,000+ donated in 2020 and 2021 so the last section could be built

 2021 - 1.9 miles of specially engineered trail built

8.7 miles built and paid for
Fundraising goals met in 2020 and 2021
Over $300,000 donated!
3.2 miles, 5.5 miles, 1.9 miles
Section by section, the trail is complete!

Great Headwaters Trails

Building family-friendly biking and walking trails near the source of a Great River

Since its founding in 2010, the Great Headwaters Trails Foundation has been closing in on its goal to build 40 miles of biking and walking trails in eastern Vilas County. The system we envision will expand the Heart of Vilas Trail System and connect the towns of Eagle River, Conover, Phelps and Land O’ Lakes, resulting in a connected, family-friendly, hard surface trail system over 110 miles long.

The first leg of the Great Headwaters Trails system is the Conover-Phelps Trail which was completed this past summer. The next leg, the River Trail, will connect St. Germain to Eagle River.

HELP US GET THE WORD OUT about GHT's bike trails. Watch for details about our 2022 booths.

DONATE to help us build more trail!


Experience the New Trail!

September 1, 2021

GHT and the Friends of the Conover-Phelps Trail are happy to be collaborating with the Phelps Chamber of Commerce and Eric Eismueller at Old World Charm Bed and Breakfast to be hosting an open house for the newly completed trail on Saturday, Sept. 4. We invite everyone to come out…

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VCEDC exec director presents GHT president award plaque

GHT named May Business of the Month!

May 28, 2021

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) has named the Great Headwaters Trails Foundation as their Business of the Month for May. The inscription on the award plaque reads, “In recognition of your tremendous commitment to help ensure a fabulous trail system for individuals choosing Vilas County to live, work,…

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Hastening towards a complete Conover-Phelps Trail!

May 22, 2021

Work to complete the Conover-Phelps Biking and Walking Trail is well underway, and the $50,000 Trail Opening Campaign is underway too. Trail construction on the steep banks north of CTH K and the area above and below Military Creek along CTH E is being handled by crews from Janke General…

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Be an active ingredient – all kinds of skills are needed to build top notch biking and walking trails. Add yours! VOLUNTEER
Make the Northwoods even better – donate to help build the Great Headwaters Trail System DONATE NOW
When it comes to nonmotorized trails, here are the people – all volunteers - who are moving things forward in eastern Vilas County. LEARN MORE
Good trails pay off in fun, well-being, and dollars. Here’s what is in place and in the works right now! SEE THE PROGRESS