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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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Almost free

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Key Largo, Florida
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Key Largo, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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Toronto, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

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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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
19 helpful votes 19 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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