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!


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

8.7 miles built and paid for
Homestretch Campaign Goal was $200,000
Over $200,000 was donated by 9-30-2020!
Aiming for
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.


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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Third Annual SepTimber Ride a Success

November 12, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails (GHT) held its third annual SepTimber Ride in partnership with the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce on September 9th. This fun ride started at the Tribute Brewery Co. proceeding to the Three Lakes Winery in Three Lakes via the Three Eagles Trail and then back to…

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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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