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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  • The park has 5 trails and they vary in difficulty. If you bring water to hydrate and you walk at a leisurely pace you can walk all of the trails. Th actual quarry area is fun to look back in geologica...  more »
  • Hardly anyone comes here, which is a good thing. I guess most people come to the Keys for the weather, to relax (or party), and nothing else! This place is very interesting, for the few visitors who h...  more »
  • This Florida state geological park costs$2.50/ person entrance fee. It features a small rock quarry with coral and shell fossils and a short nature trail thru the forest but near the road. There is a ...  more »
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  • This state park is s really great place to learn more about the limestone the keys all sit on top of. It's super affordable ($2.50 per adult) and the staff give you a book to take yourself on a tour. There are 4 or trails to take with numbered stops along the way. We took our time, spent anout 1.5 hours, and only made it through 3 because it was so interesting to us. I recommend it even if only for a quick stop. The coral fossils in the limestone are awesome, the old machinery is neat and the hammocks are pretty.
  • Very nice place. Must see spot. Bring a lunch. Great place to have a picnic. Clean picnic area and restrooms. Wear your sneakers plenty of walking trails. Beautiful trees and rocks. Must see place. Great price! Under $3. A person.. Has a self tour. Gives you a book tells you everything about the park. Has a short videos to watch and items to look at. Plan to spend a couple of hours.
  • If you're into quarrying history and coral fossils, this place is fascinating! Unfortunately, I'm not, so I found it informative, but just isn't my thing. I enjoyed the hammock trail though!
  • Explore the ancient coral barrier reef that is the foundation of the upper keys and parts of South Florida. ..You'll also see some of the original equipment used to quarry the stone as you walk the trail of tropical trees and native plant species. A must see on the Keys!
  • Very interesting beautiful forest and trees and fossil quarry. Nice nature walk and cheap $
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