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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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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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Nice walking trails - interesting history

We stopped by to enjoy the trails. Rangers are very nice and informative. Wear bug spray! Mosquitos are very active even at mid-day. Trails are easy to walk but are crossed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Palm City, Florida, United States
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Palm City, Florida, United States
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped by to enjoy the trails. Rangers are very nice and informative. Wear bug spray! Mosquitos are very active even at mid-day. Trails are easy to walk but are crossed by roots. Red trail is probably accessible for a wheel chair.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Interesting park, had an enjoyable morning walking a few of the trails and learning about the fauna and wildlife of the keys. The trails are well maintained and comfortable. We walked early to avoid summer heat, and it was perfect, then went to nearby beach to cool off.

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wellington, fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you are into geology this is the place to go in Islamorada. Nice trails and interesting coral remains. Was the quarry for Henry Flagler's railroad.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

For $2 you can't go wrong! The ranger gave us a big laminated trail guide to take with us on our wander, and we learned about the history of the quary and how they discovered, mined and utilized the natural coral resources of the area. Mind boggling to realize that at one point that wall of coral 30 feet above... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We stoped here On our way to Key West. Park ranger was very nice and explined everything before we took our walk. The Kids love the History of the old lime stone quarry and seeing all the fossil in the walls.

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Crescent City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This park is mostly underwater, which is a first for us. The water is clean and clear, and WARM! We only snorkeled and saw thousands of fish. It also has rentals and nice places to picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We walked around all the trails with in this small park, there are some very interesting coral walls and some great history connected with Windley. Very nice well kept park lots of keys history and for a 2 dollar fee to get in everyone in the area should stop and tour around.

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

What a surprise ! A couple of acres of exposed ancient (150,000 years) coral reef, exposed in the walls of an old limestone quarry. Very interesting visitors center and lots of signs for the trails thru the quarry and surrounding tropical forest. The reef forms a hill 16 feet above sea level, the third-highest elevation in the entire Keys. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I recently visited the Keys and one afternoon we found this sweet little park. The park ranger gave us a lot of info at the office and a handbook to take with us as we explored the trails. On our 11/2 hour loop of the park we can away with greater knowledge of how these keys were... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I believe in supporting all national and state parks. Windley Key is not large, I like the story of how it was saved from those who wanted to build condos, the trails are nice, there are lots of local plants, spiders and coral fossils. The fee is nominal and they give you a guide book. It was very hot the... More 

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