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.

This update explains what is in the works to complete the trail in 2020.

 

In the works: The River Trail

This 10-mile trail will extend the 55-mile Heart of Vilas Trail System to Eagle River and the 13-mile Three Eagle Trail.

GHT is working on the project under the authority of the River Trail Commission which is made up of the municipalities of St Germain, Cloverland and Eagle River.

We've done a lot to lay the groundwork for this project. Read more about the project.

Watch for new developments here!

2018 was record-breaking, 2019 was even bigger!

SepTimber Ride was bigger than ever in 2019: 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.

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.

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Check out the new trail!

Completing the final 2 miles
is scheduled for summer 2020.

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NEWS

Celebrating 8 years!

August 14, 2018

This year our annual meeting on Aug. 8 started with a cook out to let our volunteers and members of the public get to know each other a bit. It also helped us realize how much our combined efforts accomplish. The meeting featured some drawing prizes, great picnic basics and…

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GHT summer booth 2018

Look for us! Try for great prizes!

June 26, 2018

When you spot our booth, come by and see us! Buy tickets to win a Specialized fat bike, a Perception 12′ kayak, a mountain bike or other bike related items. Get information about all the great biking in Vilas County, including on the new Conover-Phelps Trail. Find out about and…

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Keep a Good Thing Going

February 19, 2018

“The news about bike trails in eastern Vilas County is good, very good and to be determined,” says Jeff Currie, president of Great Headwaters Trails (GHT). The good news, says Currie, is that 9 miles of the 11 mile Conover-Phelps Biking and Walking Trail are now complete and ready to…

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Be an active ingredient – all kinds of skills are needed to build top notch biking and walking trails. Add yours! <a href="https://ghtrails.org/volunteer-2/">VOLUNTEER</a>
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 <a href="https://ghtrails.org/donate">DONATE NOW</a>
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. <a href="https://ghtrails.org/about/">LEARN MORE</a>
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! <a href="https://ghtrails.org/trail-system/plans-and-progress/">SEE THE PROGRESS</a>
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