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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 #11 of 49 things to do 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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Ashburn, Virginia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

There are at least three interesting things at WKFRGSP (rolls of the tongue, eh?) -- the quarries where limestone/fossil reef was extracted as building material; the geology itself, and the plant/tree life of the park. There is a self guiding booklet which we used to follow the Quarry Trail, and it was great. Lots of information, well presented and marked... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We visited here and did not take a guided tour because a tour bus arrived right before us. We walked through the park using the map and definitely learned a lot about how the Keys formed, the history of the rail road and plants in the area. There are several quarry locations where you can see fossils. The best part... More 

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allentown, pa
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244 reviews 244 reviews
71 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

This park was a nice change of pace from the other outdoor activities in the area. $2.50 pp admission. There is a small exhibit area inside which explains how the keys were formed. The ranger will provide a trail guide and a suggestion on which trails to visit based on your interest level. We chose the Flagler Trail as it... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Bear in mind, we are in our fifties, tend to be a little nerdy, and did not have children with us. The history and ruins of the quarry were fascinating. We enjoyed learning about the Keys' geology and plant life. The staff were friendly and helpful. The displays in the visitors' center... More 

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Asheville
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The term "fossil reef" belies the fact that there is an excellent example of a very diverse subtropical forest here; just about every tree and plant to be found in the Keys all growing in this handful of acres. Right across the street from the Drop Anchor Inn and Resort. Very easy stroll.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 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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279 reviews 279 reviews
71 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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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29 reviews 29 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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