Finishing Up the Conover-Phelps Trail
Patience and commitment are keeping things on track to build the last 2 miles of trail. Construction is now scheduled for summer of 2020.
We thank all those who have helped us reach the $430,000 mark, close to full funding for the last section. The Yard & Mile Club has grown to over 500 members! An updated Yard & Mile Club list will be posted later this fall. Click here for the membership list as of last summer.
Family fun on the Conover-Phelps Trail - July 20, 2019
The second Don Gillum Memorial Bike and Hike on July 20 was a great success due to our participants, our volunteers, and our great sponsors! Over $6,000 was raised: $2,400 went to the Conover-Phelps Trail and to Relay for Life of the Northwoods, and $620 went to the chambers of commerce in Conover and Phelps.
Click here for a complete list of our sponsors!
2018 was record-breaking, 2019 was even bigger!
SepTimber Ride was bigger than ever in 2020: 291 participants came out to enjoy a 26 mile trail ride or a 60k or 100k road ride, all leaving from Eagle River's Tribute Brewing Co. and passing a special rest stop at Three Lakes Winery.
Winners of the SepTimber Ride raffle received a Specialized electric bike, a Wilderness Pungo 140 kayak and paddle, an overnight stay at Wild Eagle Lodge, or special growler and wine bottle bike carriers. Watch for details about SepTimber Ride VI, Sept. 12, 2020.
Next up: The River Trail
This 10-mile trail will connect Eagle River to St. Germain. In doing that it will connect the 55-mile Heart of Vilas Trail System to the 13-mile ThreeEagle Trail.
GHT is working on the project as a partner to the River Trail Commission made up of the municipalities of St Germain, Cloverland and Eagle River. Watch for new developments.
Building family-friendly biking and walking trails
near the source of a Great River
Since its founding in 2010, the Great Headwaters Trails foundation’s goal has been to build 40 miles of biking and walking trails in eastern Vilas County, the headwaters of the Wisconsin River. The system we envision will connect the towns of Land O’ Lakes, Conover, Phelps and Eagle River to the Three Eagle Trail, the Heart of Vilas Trail System and the Wilderness Lakes Trails.
A grand vision, it will result in a connected family-friendly trail system over 110 miles long.
The first leg of the Great Headwaters Trails system is the Conover-Phelps Trail.
Nine years in, get GHT's 2019 Annual Report here!
The Conover-Phelps Trail
Growing steadily - Help add the last 2 miles of this 11-mile trail!
First 3.2 miles -
in place and in use in spring 2016.
5.5 more miles
completed in 2017.
Completing the final 2 miles
is scheduled for summer 2020.
Here’s where things stand as the summer of 2019 comes to an end. All the key pieces are in place to provide a complete biking and walking trail between downtown Conover and downtown Phelps. That includes the funding we believe will be needed to build the last 2 miles of…Read More
After its ninth annual meeting on August 7, GHT has a new president, 2 new board members and an executive director – a stronger leadership team than ever. Taking on the role of president, Tim Wright brings a love for active living in the Northwoods, an appreciation for the importance…Read More
The New Year opens with lots of promise! One trail is near completion and an even more high profile trail is in the works! • Hard work on final trail building details and a generous response to the “Finish Up the Trail” appeal point to completing the Conover-Phelps Trail this…Read More