Rider coming downhill along CTH K

Enjoying the new Phelps section!

This rider is headed downhill on the new trail north of CTH K. Lots of walkers and riders have sampled the new section since its completion in mid-August.

At the trail's official opening event on Sept. 4 more than 90 people came out to Experience the New Trail!

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A trailhead at the waterfront in Phelps

The new section heads right up to the shores of North Twin Lake in Phelps' Lakefront Pines Park.

That's where the trail's official opening event was held on Sept. 4 and over 90 people turned out, including these folks!

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At Muskrat Creek

Wetlands around Muskrat Creek Bridge in Conover

The very first section of the trail includes 3 water crossings including this one just east of STH 45 on the east-west grade.

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Two rides

2022 brings 2 great organized Rides!

For next year 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.

Watch for more details in the new year!

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

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8.7 miles built and paid for
Fundraising goals met in 2020 and 2021
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Over $300,000 donated!
3.2 miles, 5.5 miles, 1.9 miles
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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.

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NEWS

A year for riding right out of the pandemic

April 3, 2021

In 2021, Northwoods biking opportunities of all sorts for people of all ages continue to grow all over the Vilas County area. A new trail between Conover and Phelps will be completed by mid-summer. Essential groundwork is in place for the River Trail between Eagle River and St. Germain. A…

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Virus hasn’t slowed up GHT’s progress

September 30, 2020

Great Headwaters Trails ends this challenging summer without being slowed down by COVID-19. Fundraising to complete the Conover-Phelps Trail is close to being a total success, great progress has been made on routing the River Trail between Eagle River and St. Germain, and the annual SepTimber Ride biking event drew…

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Coming down to the wire – 66% of the way to our goal, donate now and double your impact

September 11, 2020

This is crunch time! We’re about $70,000 away from our goal with about $35,000 of the Flanagan Challenge Fund remaining to be matched. The math works to gets us to success, but you only have until Sept. 30 to make sure we get there. Double the impact of your donation…

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