Plans and Progress

Since the Great Headwaters Trails Foundation was incorporated in 2010, the organization has achieved many accomplishments. Great Headwaters Trails became a 501(c)(3), recruited talented volunteers, worked with local and state entities to develop the plans, raise funds, write grants for funding, and create a vision for the community.

To date, Great Headwaters Trails has built the Eagle River Connector Trail and is in the process of expanding the Conover-Phelps Trail. Future plans are to create the development design for the River Trail, connecting Eagle River to St. Germain. Once connected to St. Germain, bikers and walkers will be able to access the Heart of Vilas Trail and Heart of Vilas Trail users will be able to access Eagle River and the Thee Eagles Trail south of Eagle River.

The Conover-Phelps Trail


Enjoy this trail now!!

The trailhead is located in the Conover Town Park on Hwy K, just east of Hwy 45. Parking, water, picnic area, bicycle repair station and restrooms are available.

The 11-mile trail travels north from the Conover Town Park, through the business district of Conover and east into the Muskrat Creek marshland. The trail offers stunning views of wetlands, meadows and woodlands. Enjoy natural beauty and wildlife as you ride this trail.

Be sure to visit the Conover Chamber of Commerce and the Phelps Chamber of Commerce for local events.


The western 3.2 miles section was completed in 2015, and opened with a ribbon-cutting event at Conover’s first Ride in the Park on May 29, 2015.

The middle 5.5 mile section is on track to be built this summer. Overall, the trail will cost $1.8 million and 83% of that amount is in hand.

Plans are underway to raise funds to bring the trail into Phelps’ downtown lakefront park by 2018.

Eagle River Connector

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The Connector bike path was installed in 2014. It’s the first in-town bike path for Eagle River, and it lets Three Eagle Trail users pedal safely up to the doorstep of the city’s downtown. The Connector resulted from a partnership of Great Headwaters Trails, the Three Eagle Trail Foundation, Tara Lila, LLC, the City of Eagle River, the Rotary Club, Tribute Brewing Co., the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, and a number of local businesses and individuals. (View Connector details.)