Donate Now to Double your Impact!

The next several weeks are critical to completing the Conover-Phelps Trail.

The new $80,000 Flanagan Challenge Fund will MATCH your donation DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. But only until Sept. 30!

Download a  Donation Form or use the button below to donate online.

Check out this 3 minute trail video and this trail map !

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.

The Conover-Phelps Trail - We're in the Homestretch!

YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION WILL NOW BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!

Now is the time to accomplish important things. Don't let COVID-19 slow us down.

8.7 miles of trail in place and paid for!

 $200,000 needed to build the final 1.9 miles!

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8.7 miles built and paid for
Homestretch Campaign Goal is $200,000
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$190,677.86 donated as of 9-20-2020

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 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.

NEWS

Celebrating 8 years!

August 14, 2018

This year our annual meeting on Aug. 8 started with a cook out to let our volunteers and members of the public get to know each other a bit. It also helped us realize how much our combined efforts accomplish. The meeting featured some drawing prizes, great picnic basics and…

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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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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