Buckingham Reservoir

Manchester Water Company Property

in Glastonbury, CT

Parking: Small lot and shoulder parking near 29 Coop Rd Glastonbury, CT

Trail Map      Trails: 10 miles        Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buckingham Reservoir has a few caveats.  Since it is Manchester Water Company property the area is mainly protected as a buffer around public drinking water.  This means that you are supposed to get a permit for passive recreation from the Manchester Water Department and that any activities like swimming, hunting, or any kind of biking is prohibited.  In practice however there just isn’t enough man-power to enforce these rules.

As a result this is a very popular destination for hiking and especially for mountain biking.  On my last visit the parking lot was overflowing and there were no less than four large groups of mountain bikers.  This is a beautiful property with an easy 2 mile loop around the reservoir and a vast array of unblazed trails (mostly made by mountain bikers heading in every direction.

I did a wandering 5 mile run through the property that looked like this:

If you continue heading north you will eventually reach the Case Mountain trail network and if you head east you will reach the Shenipsit Trail and beyond that Gay City State Park.


The reservoir was built in 1924 by the Cheney family for their silk mills and was eventually turned over to the Manchester Water Company in the 1950s.  Coop Rd which ran through the property was open through the early 1980s, but has long since been abandoned.  Some of the trails here are definitely old farm/industry roads but many of the unblazed trails have been developed just in the last 5-10 years.


The information shown here is for general reference purposes only. gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or reliability of this data. Parking in all areas, whether designated here or not, is at your own risk. is not responsible for any damage or loss to vehicles or contents.
Last updated December 23rd, 2018

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