Finishing Up the Conover-Phelps Trail

Patience and commitment are keeping things on track to build the last 2 miles of trail. Construction is now scheduled for summer of 2020.

We thank all those who have helped us reach the $430,000 mark, close to full funding for the last section.

This update explains what is in the works to complete the trail in 2020.

 

In the works: The River Trail

This 10-mile trail will extend the 55-mile Heart of Vilas Trail System to Eagle River and the 13-mile Three Eagle Trail.

GHT is working on the project under the authority of the River Trail Commission which is made up of the municipalities of St Germain, Cloverland and Eagle River.

We've done a lot to lay the groundwork for this project. Read more about the project.

Watch for new developments here!

2018 was record-breaking, 2019 was even bigger!

SepTimber Ride was bigger than ever in 2019: 291 participants came out to enjoy a 26 mile trail ride or a 60k or 100k road ride, all leaving from Eagle River's Tribute Brewing Co. and passing a special rest stop at Three Lakes Winery.

Winners of the SepTimber Ride raffle  received a Specialized electric bike, a Wilderness Pungo 140 kayak and paddle, an overnight stay at Wild Eagle Lodge, or special growler and wine bottle bike carriers. Watch 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’s goal has been to build 40 miles of biking and walking trails in eastern Vilas County, the headwaters of the Wisconsin River. The system we envision will connect the towns of Land O’ Lakes, Conover, Phelps and Eagle River to the Three Eagle Trail, the Heart of Vilas Trail System and the Wilderness Lakes Trails.

A grand vision, it will result in a connected family-friendly trail system over 110 miles long.

The first leg of the Great Headwaters Trails system is the Conover-Phelps Trail.

Nine years in, get GHT's 2019 Annual Report here! 

The Conover-Phelps Trail

Growing steadily - Help add the last 2 miles of this 11-mile trail!

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

5.5 more miles
completed in 2017.

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Check out the new trail!

Completing the final 2 miles
is scheduled for summer 2020.

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NEWS

New board members added, good news shared in Phelps

October 25, 2017

Two new members were added to Great Headwaters Trails’ board of directors at the well-attended 7th Annual Meeting held Aug. 15 in Phelps’ Wavering Park. In addition everyone heard details about this summer’s extension of the Conover-Phelps Trail and the third annual SepTimber Ride. The new board members are Debbie Magee and…

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Extension of the Conover-Phelps Trail almost complete!

October 23, 2017

Before the snow flies, this beautiful, family-friendly trail will be almost 9 miles long. The smooth trail bond surface is being put down now, in mid-October. That leaves only 2 miles to go to connect into downtown Phelps. Want to help make that happen? Donate now!

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Construction on Song Hill section begins

August 10, 2017

Construction has begun on the 5.5 mile middle section of the Conover-Phelps Trail. Pitlik & Wick has been contracted to complete the trail section. When the section is done in six to eight weeks, the entire biking and hiking trail will be almost 9 miles long. “The family-friendly non-motorized trail…

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Be an active ingredient – all kinds of skills are needed to build top notch biking and walking trails. Add yours! <a href="https://ghtrails.org/volunteer-2/">VOLUNTEER</a>
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 <a href="https://ghtrails.org/donate">DONATE NOW</a>
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. <a href="https://ghtrails.org/about/">LEARN MORE</a>
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! <a href="https://ghtrails.org/trail-system/plans-and-progress/">SEE THE PROGRESS</a>
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