Despite COVID-19, we're in the Homestretch

In this challenging time we need to stay healthy and do what we can to equip our communities for the economic recovery to come.

Thanks to the work of our volunteers and supporters, we are close to fully funding and completing the Conover-Phelps Trail this year. CLICK HERE to see a short video that tells how close we are.

Please help make sure trail completion does commence this year.

CLICK HERE to download a donation form or click the button below to donate online.



In the works, the River Trail

We're laying the groundwork for this 10-mile extension of the 55-mile Heart of Vilas Trail System, connecting it to Eagle River and the 13-mile Three Eagle Trail.

Our boss is the River Trail Commission which is made up of the municipalities of St Germain, Cloverland and Eagle River.

Read more about the project.

Watch for new developments here!

SepTimber Ride coming again in 2020!

Almost 300 participants enjoyed SepTimber Ride's trail ride or road ride options last fall. The Ride is based at Eagle River's Tribute Brewing Co. and all options take you past a special rest stop at Three Lakes Winery.

The Ride brings in funds for area bike trail development and includes a raffle to win a Specialized electric bike or a Wilderness kayak and paddle  Over $20,000 have been raised in the Ride's first 5 years!

Click here 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 has been closing in on its goal to build 40 miles of biking and walking trails in eastern Vilas County, the headwaters of the Wisconsin River. 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.

This grand vision will result 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. The next leg, the River Trail, will connect St. Germain to Eagle River.

The Conover-Phelps Trail

We're in the Homestretch! Don't let COVID-19 slow us down. Let's complete the trail for Conover and Phelps this year!

First 3.2 miles -
in place and in use in spring 2016.

5.5 more miles
completed in 2017.

Check out the new trail!

 Together we can complete the circle and build the final 1.9 miles of trail this year!

Built and paid for
Built and paid for
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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Coming next July: A trail celebration!

December 14, 2017

Don Gillum (above) was a valued GHT volunteer and a respected and well-known member of the eastern Vilas County community. The Don Gillum Memorial Bike and Hike coming up next summer will honor his memory and celebrate the developing Conover-Phelps Trail. The July 21 family-oriented event will start in Conover’s Community Park…

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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 DONATE NOW
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! SEE THE PROGRESS