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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 #6 of 17 Attractions in Islamorada
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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, Parks, Outdoors
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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Linden, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was my first time seeing the fossils and learning about the mangrove trees. I have a new appreciation of both. Most of my trip photos were from this park.

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Destin, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Not open Tu or We. $2.50/person admission. This time of year (Dec), large banana spiders (& webs) block all the trails. Unfortunately, I'm allergic after being bit repeatedly by scorpions, so wasn't able to enjoy this venue. Park service needs to keep trails clear. Would otherwise have been very interested to explore remains of Flagler's railroad.

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Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately, it was raining when we visited. We were advised not to take the trails, as there were poisonwoods lining trails. The visitors center had interesting information and a guidebook. It is worth the admission just to see the coral fossil en masse. Evidently, birders also use the trails. Park rangers were very helpful. Nice little park giving some interesting... More 

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Epping, New Hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Great time walking the trails seeing the transformations in geography and fauna.

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Maraval, Trinidad
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Old quarry turned into a tourist nature attraction. Some beautiful rock faces loaded with fossil corals. Gives you a good understanding of the quarry process of cutting the blocks with a saw and rail system. Visitor centre very informative and well laid out. Also nature trail. We spent about 30 mins but could have stayed longer. $5 entry very reasonable.

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Morrisville, Vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a great little state park. There is no water so you won't see a beach, but if you are into history or geology (especially paleontology) you will want to go. These are the quarries that Flagler used to make the rail road beds for his through-the-Keys railroad in the late 1800's. Various corals are seen on all the... More 

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Magdalena, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Love the walks and the sites. Great to see Nature taking back the quarry. Lots of history to see, mining and fossils. The ranger was extremely helpful too

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tampa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to stop by and spend a few hours. The walk through the hammocks is amazing with interesting things at every turn. The coral quarries seep of history. The potographic oppurtunities are outstanding. Even if you are not a history buff of the Flager railroad or a geology fan, stop and visit. The 2.50 fee is... More 

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This State Park is the location of an old quarry of Key Limestone, at first used for the rail bed of the railroad to Key West, then later quarried for the very unique and decorative slabs used in buildings, tables, etc. There are marked trails that can be followed around the quarry walls giving you a glimpse at the coral... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
64 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is an interesting state park at the site where Henry Flagler quarried limestone for many of his hotels and railroad buildings. What you see are quarries with many fossil remains in the rock and nice strolls through the woods with many trees and plants identified. Definitely remember to bring your repellant or you will be sorry!

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