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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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A pleasant surprise

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Golden, Colorado, USA
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Golden, Colorado, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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34 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We spent a few minutes here to take a look at the fossils exposed during the mining process. It's amazing to see fossils of creatures that were alive millions of years ago. The mining was for blocks of coral to be used for construction projects in the Keys. We all thought it was quite worthwhile.

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Colby, Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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
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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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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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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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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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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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