Despite COVID-19, we're in the Homestretch

In this challenging time we need to equip all communities for the economic recovery to come.

Thanks to the work of our volunteers and supporters, we are close to fully funding and completing the Conover-Phelps Trail this year.

Please help us make sure we can make that happen.



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.

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.

The Conover-Phelps Trail

We're in the Homestretch! Don't let COVID-19 slow us down. Let's complete the trail for Conover and Phelps this year!

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

5.5 more miles
completed in 2017.

Check out the new trail!

 Together we can complete the circle and build the final 2 miles of trail this year!

Built and paid for
Built and paid for

SepTimber Ride Raffle Tickets on Sale Now

August 6, 2017

Raffles tickets are now on sale for the SepTimber Ride bicycling event. Tickets are 2/$5 or 5/$10 and are available at Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, The Hiker’s Box, Great Headwaters Trails information booth appearances, and at Tribute Brewing Co. the day of the event. Get your tickets today. Winning…

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Logo for the Conover-Phelps Trail

Bid approved for Song Hill Lane

May 12, 2017

In May the Phelps Town Board approved the bid presented by Pitlik & Wick. It was to build the middle section of the Conover-Phelps Trail. It came in under the estimated $500,000 cost of the project. Still to be dealt with –  wet weather and upcoming USFS logging sales. Check…

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REI awards $4,000 grant to fund trail

May 12, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails is now one of REI’s grant partners after the national recreational gear coop awarded GHT $4,000 to help complete the Song Hill Lane project. As part of their support for the project, REI will help promote trails built by GHT and the biking and walking trails of…

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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
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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