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!


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!

8.7 miles built and paid for
Homestretch Campaign Goal is $200,000
$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.


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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Coming next July: A trail celebration!

December 14, 2017

Don Gillum (above) was a valued GHT volunteer and a respected and well-known member of the eastern Vilas County community. The Don Gillum Memorial Bike and Hike coming up next summer will honor his memory and celebrate the developing Conover-Phelps Trail. The July 21 family-oriented event will start in Conover’s Community Park…

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Heavy lifting and successful trail building

December 14, 2017

The Conover-Phelps Trail is now almost 9 miles long. Behind that great news are these key people: Carlton Schroeder, PE, designed the newest 5.5 mile section working with Gary Meister to do the groundwork and take the project from the conceptual stage to a Certified for Construction design package, with…

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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