Enjoying the newest section of the Conover-Phelps Trail
Future trail route along the Wisconsin River
Our next priority project is the River Trail. It will make the nationally recognized, 55-mile-long Heart of Vilas Trail System longer and better! The Heart of Vilas extends from Mercer to Manitowish Waters to Boulder Junction to Sayner/Plum Lake to St Germain. It will be 10 miles longer and connect into Eagle River when the River Trail is complete.
A Ride with Leinie bridge crossing
This summer's Ride with Leinie will use the entire Conover-Phelps Trail, and more! Dick Leinenkugel will lead one of the rides that goes over this bridge at Muskrat Creek.
Use this link to get a map of the newly completed trail.
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
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.
HELP US GET THE WORD OUT about GHT's bike trails. Watch for details about our 2022 booths.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More