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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
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+1 305-664-2540
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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Old coral quarry and nature preserve.

This state park is a self guided walking tour. BE AWARE that there is a tree here called the Poisonwood tree. Metopium toxiferum is a species of flowering tree in the cashew or... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
wildturkey52
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rome ga
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rome ga
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This state park is a self guided walking tour. BE AWARE that there is a tree here called the Poisonwood tree. Metopium toxiferum is a species of flowering tree in the cashew or sumac family, Anacardiaceae, that is native to the American neotropics. It produces the irritant urushiol much like its close relatives poison sumac and poison oak. If you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice little walk in the woods identifying trees. The visitor center is rather small but has a few good displays. My husband and I were interested in the railroad to the keys... little film snippet of history regarding that was interesting

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed chatting with the ranger and hiking through this unusual state park. A nice break from the beach.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the trails and learning about all the varieties of trees and other plant life, plus the history of the quarry, but our very favorite was the many beautiful large coral fossils on the walls and stones of the quarry. (Don't miss the wall just below the parking lot.) The rusted out quarry machines were interesting, as well.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were seeking quietude, nature and some shade and found it here among all the hustle & bustle of The Keys. We discovered that the extensive piles of white rock we saw on the way to the Keys is used for road building and is fossilized coral. This site was an open pit coral mine and they had dug out... More 

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For $2.50 per person you have access to several hiking trails through and around the quarries with plenty of interpretive stops. My wife and I spent a very pleasant 90 minutes there.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We needed a break from the sun and this place was great. There are 3 quarries and with our kids and mid day heat we did just one. The Ranger will give you a trail guide which is helpful and visitor center is interesting.

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St. Petersburg, FL
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

We added this stop to our list of things to do on one of the not so nice days we had while visiting Key Largo and we are glad we did. To hike the whole park last about 1 hour and provides you with a geological as well as historical overview of the Key's. If you let your mind wander... More 

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Canton, GA
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

We loved this place. For a small donation, you grab a book and walk through the trails, learning about the plant life on Key Largo and the keys. Staff is really excited to answer questions. Trails were fairly easy to negotiate. And it was quiet. If you sat on a bench and listened for awhile, you were transported to another... More 

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Moriah
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Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

This park is excellent! The ranger provided us with a guide that helped us identify various trees and shrubs while also directing us around the limestone quarries with fantastic examples of coral fossils. I was amazed to see cactus growing in the hammock. Such diversity and a very interesting history. Highly recommend.

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