Horicon’s Mill Pond Walk

Horicon’s Mill Pond

Brief Description: Horicon’s Mill Pond Walk is a short easy walk around picturesque Mill Pond. The walk starts at The Hub’s
parking lot and proceeds clockwise around the pond. Turn left onto Market Street and walk a few hundred feet to the first stop, a new path to the base of the waterfall that feeds the pond. This is a popular fishing spot with kids.

Continue across the bridge and turn right along NY Route 8. On your left you will see the Horicon Baptist Church, built in 1899. Across the street is the much-photographed Heintzelman Library, the former home of the Horicon Public Library. This stone and wood building was built in 1907 and is now the office for the town historian.

Continuing your walk, next up is the Horicon Community Center located on the site of the former Horicon Central School, grades K-12. The Community Center, built in 2001, houses the town offices and a much expanded library. The library is open to the public.

Next to the Community Center are two churches. The first, dating from 1924, is the former St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, a seasonal church that served the Brant Lake area during the summers. This property is now privately owned. The second church is
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, built in 1890.

To the right of the churches is the Horicon Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. During the summer they have open-air Bingo on Wednesday nights.

Across from the firehouse is the public beach. Bring along your bathing suits and take a swim. From here follow the shoreline to the outlet of Mill Pond. Feel free to make use of the picnic tables and benches that are located here.

Across the street note the historical sign marking the former location of a grist mill. Continue on by crossing the Mill Pond outlet on a steel footbridge. The water falling over the dam is always a favorite with kids. At night the falls are illuminated.

Turn right onto Market Street and follow the pond back to The Hub, the former town hall, completing your tour.

Trail Notes: The Town of Horicon was incorporated in 1838. Many of the houses around the pond date from this era. You may want to coordinate your visit with the business hours of The Hub, an interesting business that combines a Bike Shop, a Café, and a Tavern all under one roof. The Mill Pond is stocked with trout every year. Bring along a fishing pole and try your luck.

Trail in Winter: Due to snowbanks this walk is not recommended in the winter. See our other postings for
winter destinations.

Trailhead: The Hub parking lot in Horicon, NY.

Directions:
From the west: from Northway Exit 25, travel east on NY Route 8. At 1.6 miles turn left onto Market
Street. Drive 0.1 miles to The Hub.
From the east: from the intersection of NY Route 9N and NY Route 8 in Hague, travel west on NY
Route 8. At 16.4 miles turn right onto Market Street. Drive 0.1 miles to The Hub.

Parking: Plenty of free parking next to The Hub. Please pay attention to the parking signs.

Distance: A ½ mile loop around the pond.

Time Estimate: 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Elevation Gain: none.

Additional Information: https://horiconny.gov/about/history/