Conover-Phelps Trail Nearly Complete, Organizers Hoping to Raise Final Building Costs

Sep 21, 2020

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

The Conover-Phelps section of the Great Headwaters Trails is in the home stretch.

The goal is a 10.7 mile paved bike trail connecting the towns of Conover and Phelps in Vilas County.

The Great Headwaters Trails is 1.9 miles away from reaching that goal.

“Biking of course has become on even bigger thing this year and just being outside. The trail certainly allows people to continue to do those things,” said GHT Executive Director Jeff Currie.

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

To build the final stretch of the trail, the GHT is looking to raise a total of $200,000.

It’s already two-thirds of the way to that goal thanks in part to an $80,000 challenge fund set up by Marty and Jennifer Flanagan of Big Sand Lake.

“People who are able to donate at any level will have their donations, the impact of their donation will be doubled. That will help us get to ultimate goal even faster. Until the end of September, the Flannigan challenge will match donations dollar for dollar,” said Currie.

You can visit the GHT's website if you're interested in donating.

Currie said it will be a big boost to the communities of Conover and Phelps once the trail is complete.

“People already come to Vilas County knowing that brining their bikes is going to be a great thing to do and that they’re going to be able to bike short distances and long distances away from traffic, so their whole family can do it. So this just kind of puts Conover and Phelps into that picture,” said Currie.

Currie said the project will go out for bid this fall with the goal of construction on the trail to be complete next summer.