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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-2540
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Ranked #8 of 22 Attractions in Islamorada
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Gives you a good understanding of the formation of the keys. Amazing to imagine how large this exposed coral was. Easy hiking trails to explore. Worth the $5 investment.

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new jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

State Park with walking paths in an around a limestone quarry - solid park info center - helps you to understand the natural historyof the keys and the importance of limestone to the train system once in use long ago.

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Pinconning, Michigan
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281 reviews 281 reviews
72 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I'm lucky we showed up on a Thursday, since it was closed when we passed by on Wednesday. (And it was open today, Christmas day!) The park ranger was very friendly and knowledgeable. He told us about the park and the trails, and provided a guide book. It was fascinating to walk along the trails and see the coral formations... More 

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Dunedin, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is the site where Henry Flagler obtained much of the material for his railway road bed through the Keys. Interesting trails with self-guiding reference materials give visitors the history of the place as well as an introduction to the fascinating plants of the tropical hammock in which the park is located.

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Linden, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was my first time seeing the fossils and learning about the mangrove trees. I have a new appreciation of both. Most of my trip photos were from this park.

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Destin, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Not open Tu or We. $2.50/person admission. This time of year (Dec), large banana spiders (& webs) block all the trails. Unfortunately, I'm allergic after being bit repeatedly by scorpions, so wasn't able to enjoy this venue. Park service needs to keep trails clear. Would otherwise have been very interested to explore remains of Flagler's railroad.

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Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately, it was raining when we visited. We were advised not to take the trails, as there were poisonwoods lining trails. The visitors center had interesting information and a guidebook. It is worth the admission just to see the coral fossil en masse. Evidently, birders also use the trails. Park rangers were very helpful. Nice little park giving some interesting... More 

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Epping, New Hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Great time walking the trails seeing the transformations in geography and fauna.

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Maraval, Trinidad
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100 reviews 100 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Old quarry turned into a tourist nature attraction. Some beautiful rock faces loaded with fossil corals. Gives you a good understanding of the quarry process of cutting the blocks with a saw and rail system. Visitor centre very informative and well laid out. Also nature trail. We spent about 30 mins but could have stayed longer. $5 entry very reasonable.

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Morrisville, Vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a great little state park. There is no water so you won't see a beach, but if you are into history or geology (especially paleontology) you will want to go. These are the quarries that Flagler used to make the rail road beds for his through-the-Keys railroad in the late 1800's. Various corals are seen on all the... More 

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