Day Hike E: Bayleaf Church Road to Six Forks Road

Six Forks-Bayleaf Connector

Distance: 1.2 miles

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Camping: No
  • Land managers: N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Note: Some or all of this trail is on gamelands and hunting is allowed. Learn about local hunting seasons here.
  • Volunteer Task Force Leader: Jeff Brewer,
  • Piggyback trail: Falls Lake Trail, a k a South Shore Trail
  • Connecting trails: No
  • Falls Lake MST Section No.: 5
  • Trailhead/Access:  Bayleaf Church Road and Six Forks Road. Click on map below for specifics

This short section is part N.C. State Parks land, part N.C. Wildlife Resourcs Commission gamelands.

Up for a slightly longer hike than the 2.9-mile Day-Hike 4? Tack on Day-Hike 5 and you’ve got a nice 4.1-mile hike (8.2 miles out-and-back). An especially attractive option if you worry about parking at a deserted trailhead: Six Forks Road has a fair amount of traffic and the parking north of the causeway is ample.

This stretch has several quick up-and-downs, making it more challenging than its 1.2 miles might suggest.

Geology Highlights: On this trail section there are excellent outcrops of light-colored, feldspar-rich gneiss.  The rock contains thin layers that trend north-northeast and dip steeply toward the west.  These rocks also show effects of a nearby fault.

Day Hike E Map

Click on the link below the Google map to open it up in a larger version which includes definition of the map symbols, hiking notes, and an interactive option for driving to the trailheads.

View MST / Falls Lake / Section 5 in a larger mapDisclaimer

Finding Your Way

Thanks to Mark Edelstein for these detailed hiking directions.

Finding Your Way (east » west) Cumulative Mileage Mileage Between Points
Trailhead: Bayleaf Church Road (roadside parking) 0.0 0.0
Cross a creek bed on a small footbridge. 0.2 0.2
Cross a short plank walkway to reenter state gamelands. 0.4 0.2
Cross a creek bed on a footbridge. 0.6 0.2
By the lake, cross a small creek on a footbridge. 0.8 0.2
Cross another small creek on a footbridge. 1.1 0.3

Walk up a rock-lined drainage to reach Six Forks Road.

1.2 0.1