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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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.
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.