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

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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Trail route along CTH K

$80,000 matching fund boosts impact of donations to complete bike trail

August 11, 2020

A new Challenge Fund will provide a dollar for dollar match up to $80,000 for any donations made between now and the end of September to complete the Conover-Phelps Trail. Donate now! “It is a critical time for donors to help complete the trail, and donations received now will have…

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Logo for SepTimber Ride 2020

SepTimber Ride 2020 – It’s Happening and Important!

August 8, 2020

My wife, Ann, and I just registered for SepTimber Ride 2020. We rode part of it already, too – riding on STH 2 from Oregon to Byron and back! (We’re in Illinois for doctor appointments.) Most important, like every year, your Ride registration fee goes to help support GHT bike…

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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