Conover-Phelps Trail completion underway!

This year we're completing a very special trail!

A March logging operation opened the trail corridor. Trail construction begins right after the spring thaw.

So does the Trail Opening Campaign to handle any wrap-up costs and to lay in a Trail Support and Enhancement Fund.

The aim is to connect two great towns by mid-summer with an extraordinary trail that gets better year after year.

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.

Over 200 donors accomplished great things in 2020 despite Covid - 10.6 mile Conover-Phelps Trail to be finished this summer!

TRAIL OPENING CAMPAIGN BEGINS SOON!

By 2017, 8.7 miles of trail was in place and paid for!

 $200,000+ donated in 2020 - Work on the last section has already begun!

 2021 - Laying in the funds to keep the trail special year after year

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8.7 miles built and paid for
Homestretch Campaign Goal was $200,000
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Over $200,000 was donated by 9-30-2020!
Aiming for
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of our $50,000 Trail Opening Campaign goal by July!

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

Looking for a banner year!

January 5, 2019

The New Year opens with lots of promise! One trail is near completion and an even more high profile trail is in the works! • Hard work on final trail building details and a generous response to the “Finish Up the Trail” appeal point to completing the Conover-Phelps Trail this…

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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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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