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.


Extension of the Conover-Phelps Trail almost complete!

October 23, 2017

Before the snow flies, this beautiful, family-friendly trail will be almost 9 miles long. The smooth trail bond surface is being put down now, in mid-October. That leaves only 2 miles to go to connect into downtown Phelps. Want to help make that happen? Donate now!

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Construction on Song Hill section begins

August 10, 2017

Construction has begun on the 5.5 mile middle section of the Conover-Phelps Trail. Pitlik & Wick has been contracted to complete the trail section. When the section is done in six to eight weeks, the entire biking and hiking trail will be almost 9 miles long. “The family-friendly non-motorized trail…

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7th Annual Meeting set for August 15th

August 6, 2017

The Great Headwaters Trails’ 7th Annual Meeting is August 15 from 5-7 p.m. in Phelps’ Wavering Park.  The meeting is open to all trail supporters and will include updates on Construction this summer of 5.5 more miles of the Conover-Phelps Biking and Walking Trail. Plans for completing the final 2 miles and bringing the trail right…

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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