Member preview

Five Picturesque Locations For Burlington County Photographers

I currently reside in Burlington County in South Jersey, I am an avid hiker and photographer, here are five of my favorite places to shoot at:

(DISCLAIMER: all photos are taken by myself, here is the link to my Instagram page, I post daily photos of my favorite South Jersey locations.)

1. Atsion Mansion and Village, Shamong

Atsion Mansion, originally built in 1826

Atsion Mansion and Village is often overlooked by the summer day-trip destination that is Lake Atsion which is right accross Route 206. Originally a bustling village based around an iron forge, Atsion is currently a skeleton of the past. It’s comprised of 30+ historic structures, some easily seen from the trails, others hidden underneath years of overgrown foliage. Either way, it is a photographers paradise.

The old railroad bridge, an abandoned section of the New Jersey Southern Railroad

I assure you that each time you visit Atsion Village, you will discover something new. I highly recommend it, there are miles of trails that eventually lead down to my next location; Batsto Village.

An old gravestone, dated from 1853. There are multiple Civil War veterans buried in this graveyard

2. Batsto Village, Hammonton

Batsto Village is easily the most well-preserved ghost town in the Pine Barrens. With the first structure built in 1766, a large village complete with a central mansion was constructed in the following years. I have unfortunately only visited Batsto Village one time over the years, but it is near the top of my list to visit again soon.

The extremely photogenic, Batsto Mansion.

Tours are available for the Mansion during business hours and cost only $3.oo for an adult, I would recommend taking that opportunity, it’s a great way to gain an even greater grasp on the amazing history of Batsto Village.

One of the many historic buildings on display in Batsto

3. Smithville Park and Smith’s Woods, Mt. Holly

One of the many small bridges throughout Smith’s Woods

Originally founded in 1831 under the name Shreveville, Smithville was a textile village along the Rancocas Creek. It later gained it’s current name in 1865 when it was purchased by Hezekiah Bradley Smith, an American inventor and eventual politician.

I am not positive what this building served as, but it surely had an ominous feel to it.

The historical village is preserved incredibly well by the county, but the magic is in the untouched abandoned structures that surround the location. They are filled with history and mystery as to which purpose they served in the community back then.

I spooted a cool turtle just hanging out on a log in the middle of one of the small ponds.

There are miles of beautiful trails that travel throughout Smith’s Woods which make for some wonderful photo opportunities.

4. Amico Island Park, Riverside

One of the many small inlets that are around Amico Island Park

Amico Island Park is one of the most serene environments that I have visited, with multiple trails, countless distant views of Philadelphia, and a rock covered beach along the Delaware River, it is bound to make any photographer very happy.

The distant (very distant) view of the Philadelphia skyline

For me, Amico has always been a place to find myself when times have gotten tough, i’m not sure why, but that is how it has helped me in the past. I hope that you can find some sort of peace and comfort there as well.

One of the rock-covered beaches with a view of the skyline once again

Admission is free and so is parking, there is really no way to not go here! Park gates do close at dusk though, so it’s best to visit around noon.

5. Black Run Preserve, Marlton

A wooden path leading out to a scenic view of one of the marshes

I have been visiting Black Run for multiple as I live rather close to it. It is essentially the entrance into the Pine Barrens. It is comprise of miles and miles of different sandy trails with many view points of the many marshes that are the central point of the preserve. I have taken so many photographs here, so it was quite difficult to narrow it down to three, but I did my best.

One dying tree surrounded by the water of one of the ponds.

Parking is limited, but free, and admission is also free, I will provide the donation link to the preserve though, they are always more than thankful for them (click here if you would like to know more about how you can donate.)

A scenic view of a marsh at the Black Run Preserve

One highly popular hobby at the Black Run Preserve is bird-watching, there are plenty of different species and viewpoint to get a glimpse of them!

Thank you for checking out my article, it means the world, and hopefully it has encouraged you to get out and explore some of these beautiful places. If you have any recommendation of other locations in South Jersey, please leave a comment down below letting me know! I’m always down to visit new places.

Instagram | YouTube