New Trail In the Works Near Phelps, Conover

Nov 19, 2013

A biking and walking trail planned between Phelps and Conover is getting a financial boost.  Great Headwaters Trails has gotten 90-thousand dollars to begin work on a 5 mile section between Phelps and Conover.  Half of that is coming from the DNR.  It’s being matched by money from state snowmobiling funds and Great Headwaters Trails. 

But Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Curry says trail construction is still not fully funded.

“The work that’s gonna be done is subgrade work on a stretch of the trail that needs the most work – and I think there’s gonna be a couple of culverts put in there, because there are wetlands on either side of the road that we’re building on.”

After the trail is graded it will be available for snowmobiling.  It won’t be paved but will be eventually topped with finely crushed rock. 

Curry says the group is applying for money from the DNR stewardship program to finish the job.  He says the goal is to have 40 miles of connected trails in that portion of Vilas County. 

“We know it’ll be a big draw when the whole system is in for visitors to the area.  And we also know that it’s gonna be a good thing for people who want to live here.  So it’s got a lot of benefits.”

Another three mile section north of Conover is already fully funded. 

Work on both sections is expected to be completed next summer.