Flintstone Rock, Yarmouth County

Flintstone Rock Yabba Dabba Do
A. Lohnes, May 20, 2003

To make a long story short Sunday found Nancy and I on the loneliest road in NS, Route 203 which runs between Carleton, Yarmouth Co. and Shelburne. I say it is the lonliest because road it has what I believe to be the longest uninhabited stretch of any paved highway in the province.

It had been some years since I had been back this way and I had never gone all the way through. Carleton was looking very spring-like as we past through. At the East Kemptville Tin Mine the roadside trees have almost obscured the giant tailings piles from view as we pass by. The mine property is gated and posted at every access so we didn’t trespass for a better look. Beyond East Kemptville the landscape begins to change as the bedrock becomes granite. The trees thin down and soon large patches
of low bush and barrens become the roadside scenery. Many boulder fields can be seen from the road, without a close up inspection it is difficult to tell if any might be perched boulders or table stones but there is no shortage of boulders on bedrock
to inspect in this area.

Some kilometers past the tin mine a short dirt track leads off the pavement to the north east. It goes to a huge boulder that is just visible from the pavement. What a surprise I got when we stopped at this spot deep in the Blue Mountains.The boulder is a natural dolmen- like structure that creates a great stone megalithic roofed archway or passage through the stone. This boulder the size of a small house has been split in two and the gap is roofed by an enormous flat capstone that rests on the top like a natural Stonehenge style triathlon. The gap is narrow and angled but allows a person to walk through quite easily. The stone roof is maybe 12 feet high off the ground, the covered passage is however too narrow to serve as a practical campsite
even if the open sides were covered in.The site is obviously visited by a party peoples who have painted graffiti all over the stone, two knotted ropes hang off the stone allowing the nimble to climb on top. There is a second large stone on top of the big split boulder besides the one that forms the roof and this stone too is supported by smaller stones to reveal a gap underneath it. Nearby tracks led to a small test pit from the Flintstone Rock quartz property, a well worn single file trail led through the barrens and up a granite hill and beyond to what I presume would be the Clyde River headwaters. I didn’t notice any trails
leading south or west but the one that starts at this unusual stone would prove an interesting trek through little travelled country.

The blackflies were scandalous bad but swarmed more than bit thank goodness. Tick count , 2, both on me. Not far from the boulder location at the summit of Flintstone Rock is the Black Bull quartz property where a test pit has been dug and some
silica stockpiled. The site is near critical watersheds but the pit and access have been very well constructed to prevent any environmental damages. The water in the pit is clear and clean, the silica is innocuous to the environment and lots of care has been taken with the drainage. If the company continues to develop the property in the same careful manner then I don’t see any big issues in allowing them to continue development here.The silica itself is like very massive granular almost pure white quartz, it doesn’t have the glassy fracture and lustre of most milky quartz but has a dull lustre more like you would expect from
gypsum. I presume it comes from a large intrusion or vein of quartz in the surrounding granite.

Again the site was fenced and posted so I didn’t trespass for a closer look. I believe the name Flintstone Rock predates the cartoon show of the 1960′s. The name is on older maps and must refer to the quartz outcrop on the hill where the quartz pit is now. The similarity of the nearby split boulder to something found in Fred’s town of Bedrock would seem
to be an interesting coincidence.

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