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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-2540
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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Neat Little Geological Park

Neat little park that does not get much traffic. You can walk around the place even when the island is busy and feel completely alone. The park is worth a visit, particularly if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Colby, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Of course nothing exciting. But a good trail and interesting stop.It's a good view of fossils in the rock formations. A description of the plants that grow there.

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited the park and was amazed at the wonderful welcome. Paid a small fee, and was given a trail book which identified all the plants in the park as well as the history of the quarry. The geologist there was really informative. Loved the place and would highly recommend it a a great place for a good walk.

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Yardville, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Nice place for a easy visit. Small Visitor's Center with info. Good rest rooms. Ranger Matt took us on a very informative tour starting with the old quarry and how they quarried the coral stone, spoke about all the men that were killed here in the 1935 hurricane and then took us on a short walk through the trees and... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Neat little park that does not get much traffic. You can walk around the place even when the island is busy and feel completely alone. The park is worth a visit, particularly if you're interested in island history, geology or botany. The self-guided tour is quite nice. And you can do the whole thing in less than an hour.

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Canton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We stopped here to eat our picnic lunch. There are about 1.5 miles of trails through the hammocks and a few picnic tables in the quarry. They give you a laminated trail map with information about the various flora and fauna. We learned some things such as the fact that there are poisonwood trees that you should not touch. You... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

If you are going to be in the Upper Keys and you like history and cool phenomenon go to this Park. Its almost free... $2.50 per person. If you can go and get in on the tour the guides that work there will inform you on many cool facts about indians, the quarry and what it was used for as... More 

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Pine Plains, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Came through with my wife looking for a place to do our morning power walk. Great history, had no idea there was such a thing as a coral quarry. Plenty of swamp smell and spiders with webs across the trails, so pick up a branch with several smaller branches fanned out and use it infant of you while you walk.... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I know this place personally. As a teenager I actually knew the man who created this place. He had a contract with Florida East Coast Railway Company to mine the keystone from the site. He cut it out of the ground with a huge slow-moving cable saw, loaded it on a flat trailer truck and hauled it to his work... More 

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Lima, OH
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Interesting little park, however we had to carry a book around to coordinate he number plaques next to items of interest and match it up in the book. Would have been nice to just have the info right on the signs so we didn't have something extra to carry and have to flip through to find the info. Nice location... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Very interesting little park with nature trails and history of the limestone quarry. Self-guided tour with guidance pamphlet. Nominal entry fee. Very enjoyable.

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