Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Islamorada

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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is a Florida State Park located at mile marker 85.5 near Islamorada. It was a former quarry used by Henry Flagler in the early 1900s to help his building of the Overseas Railroad. Following the railroad's completion, it was a source for decorative stone pieces called Keystone. Now on display are exposed sections of fossilized coral, as well as some of the original quarry machinery. The Hurricane Monument at Mile Marker 82 in Islamorada is constructed of keystone from the quarry.HoursFlorida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays). The visitor center is open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.References and external links Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park at Florida State Parks
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  • If you're not in to geology, this might not strike your fancy. If you have kids, they might find all the fossils fascinating. If you wonder where all those rocks for Flager's Overseas Railroad come fr...  more »
  • Got to the park early in the morning Saturday. They allowed us to just walk. Great for a walk and talk. Empty trails cost 2.50 per person.  more »
  • We've driven past this a million times, but finally stopped -- the entrance sneaks up on you even with the signs. The exhibit room was closed so the ranger could have lunch, so we had our own lunch at...  more »
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  • Nice place to stop for a walk. Cool fossils, flora, and fauna. They provide an educational trail guide that corresponds with stops along the trails. Parts were like walking through a jungle. Very peaceful!
  • Really cool place to walk around. It was fun to talk to the park ranger. Make sure to take the guide book if you are interested in learning about the plants and coral formations :)
  • Nice little state park, clean, and lots of interesting things to see. Rangers are helpful and friendly. Many interesting birds and plant species to see. They offer a laminated guide you can take on your hike to identify the different plants with interesting facts about them.
  • We love rocks and geology and this state park was a perfect find for us. The Park Ranger was wonderful and set us up with some extra activities for our toddler and we hiked most of the trails (with a stroller) and only encountered a few other users. Great information about the local plants and the history of the region.
  • Interesting history and it's kind of cool to walk INSIDE a fossilized coral reef by way of 3 quarries on the property, all connected by a series of short trails. In the quarries, fossils are on every surface, including underfoot.

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