Waterloo Village Photography Hot Spot Location

Waterloo Village – This is an excellent photography location! Waterloo Village is a restored 19th-century canal town in Byram Twp., Sussex County (west of Stanhope) in northwestern New Jersey. It’s old buildings, lake and watermill make for some pretty dynamic photography. There are about 20 buildings here to photograph.

In terms of what to photograph, there are several great scenes: the village main street, the waterwheel mill, the general store, a doctor’s office (the door was open on one visit), a schoolhouse with two kids home on break running around outside, the pottery shop and small kiln building where they sell their goods, stables and wagons. Water-lilies fill in much of the street down by the lakefront. During our last trip, two young boys played basketball on the court out front; at other visits, I have seen people fishing off a bridge just outside the grounds, children playing in a play area near the entrance and not much activity. Human activity, that is.


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Waterloo Village Photography Information

Camera Settings

There is a running water spot here by the mill, where you will want to do a long exposure to get the milky water effect, so you will shoot in manual mode at the moving water site.  There is a small amount of wildlife  wildlife here, j

Manual Mode: 

You will have to use a tripod to do long-exposure running and milky water shots.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. The aperture is f22 or the highest f-number your camera allows. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode and avoid any camera movement or use your shutter release or 2-second timer. You want at least a 5-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super-long exposure in the sunshine.  More all about waterfall photography here.


525 Waterloo Road
Stanhope, NJ 07874

GPS Coordinates 40.916223, -74.759682


We love fall foliage here, but any time is good. The hours are listed below. This is a tranquil location, but you should know they hold events here so you should call beforehand.  The parking lot in the front may not be plowed well during winter months. We have never seen anyone here during that time.


If you want a quick visit to take in the views and snap some photos, then 2 hours should suffice. But there are about 20 buildings here and to photograph them the right way you could spend more time than that.


  • Water and Snacks
  • Bug repellent seasonally


  • DSLR Camera
  • Tripod
  • Wide angle and zoom lens
  • Polarizing filter and neutral density filter.


The majestic Fields at Waterloo are an ideal destination for massive gatherings such as concerts, festivals, fairs, and food events. This 25-acre location provides a stunning backdrop for any event you may be planning.

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The grounds of Waterloo are open to the public from dawn until dusk. The buildings are only open if there is a special event or if there is park staff on duty showing the structure.

525 Waterloo Road
Stanhope, NJ 07874
(973) 347-1835 (administered by Kittatinny Valley State Park)
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Historic Site Hours

Grounds Hours Dawn to Dusk

Tour Hours Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., June through September

Visitor Interpretive Center Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., May through October

For those with Special Needs 

people with disabilities who require special assistance to contact the historic site / park. The phone number for each location is found on the home page of that particular site / park. Those using text telephone (TT) may get in touch with NJ Relay Services at (800) 852-7899.



Waterloo Village Restaurants

Frankie’s Lakeside Tavern:

172 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ 07874
(973) 347-3300
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Waterloo Village Hotel Information

138 U.S. Highway 46 West, Budd Lake, NJ, US, 07828 – 2.8 miles from destination.

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Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!



Waterloo Village Camping

Stephens State Park:

The land for Stephens State Park was given to the State of New Jersey for park purposes in 1937 by Marsena P. and Augustus W. Stephens. This rugged, picturesque area includes nearly a mile of the Musconetcong River. One can trace the roots of the park’s history by viewing

Status: Open through Sat Oct 31, 2015. Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Apr 09, 2016, Later Dates

Panther Lake Camping Resort:

The resort features a 45-acre lake on 160 scenic acres just 50 miles from New York City. We invite you to come and enjoy the wonderful outdoors, whether you prefer swimming, boating, fishing, or just relaxing on a sandy beach. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

And if you think camping is only for those who own camping equipment, think again. At Panther Lake, we offer two exciting rental options for those families who want to enjoy the camping experience without purchasing their camping equipment.

Panther Lake Camping Resort is a great place to explore if you are looking for a vacation spot just a short distance from home that offers fun for the whole family.

Call now for reservation at 800-543-2056

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Waterloo Village is a unique place that stands out in history as it is the only place where visitors can experience an authentic, historical village situated along the Morris Canal.

The Morris Canal is world renowned for its use of the inclined plane system to lift and lower heavy cargo-carrying boats out of the water and up and down the hills of the Highlands Region of New Jersey. Morris Canal boats traveled across the State of New Jersey from Phillipsburg to Jersey City, over 102 miles of levels, locks and inclined planes for almost 100 years.

Waterloo Village is a stunningly unique destination, renowned the world over for its preserved historical structures and setting along the famed Morris Canal. The Morris Canal was an incredible engineering marvel- boats with heavy cargo were pulled up and down hills in the Highlands Region across 102 miles by locks and inclined planes that ran for almost a century. Tourists today can still come to Waterloo and experience this ancient part of New Jersey’s history.

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