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
River Trail Copmmission meets via Zoom

Helping build the River Trail in the Age of Zoom

May 25, 2020

Despite COVID-19, progress on a biking and walking trail between Eagle River and St. Germain is moving forward. The River Trail Commission continues to meet, and the Friends of the River Trail (FoRT) has also been meeting and getting ready to swing into action. Zoom provided one way for the…

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Park plans posted in Phelps

Equipping 2 communities for economic recovery – Pt. 1

May 3, 2020

Despite all the dark news, the current status of completing the Conover-Phelps Trail is bright: • Expensive special engineering needed due to the 2018 trail reroute has been completed. • To complement the last 2 miles of the trail, a multi-use trailhead is being planned north of Military Creek and…

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Logo for the Conover-Phelps Trail

Completing the Conover-Phelps Trail

October 20, 2019

Here’s where things stand as the summer of 2019 comes to an end. All the key pieces are in place to provide a complete biking and walking trail between downtown Conover and downtown Phelps. That includes the funding we believe will be needed to build the last 2 miles of…

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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