Rider coming downhill along CTH K

Enjoying the newest section of the Conover-Phelps Trail

Plan to enjoy this sweeping descent yourself this summer!

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

Take a virtual ride on the trail - click HERE!

Help keep the trail in top shape and plan improvements. Email us at ghtinfo@ghtrails.org to learn more. Click HERE if you want to donate to the Trail Enhancement Fund.

Old wayside along STH 70

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.

You can help make that happen. Email us at ghtinfo@ghtrails.org if you want to provide some of your time and talent. Click HERE if you can become a donor.

At Muskrat Creek

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.

Click HERE to get the registration form for the ride or register online 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!

Most of GHT board

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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40% of the way to the Goal! An $80,000 Challenge Fund still doubling the impact of all donations! Let’s get this trail completed!

August 23, 2020

This virus is not going to keep Phelps and Conover from having a completed biking and walking trail! Over 50 people and organizations have contributed to the Homestretch Campaign so far. Donations are matched dollar for dollar, and the campaign has brought in over $80,000 so far, almost halfway to…

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