Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Islamorada

Categories: Geologic Formations, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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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  • Nice Park for walking and recreation. There are several short hiking trails to choose from. Lovers of nature and geology will be delighted.
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  • Small but beautiful park with paths through mangrove forest and a walk within quarry walls. Good archaeological information. 
  • This is only a small park with about 5 short (less than half a mile each) interpretive trails. The range was very friendly and helpful. They give you a very detailed interpretation guide to borrow. We...  read more »
  • I'm torn on how to rate this park - I've been spoiled by going to other, much larger, state parks in the past so the short walk around the park wasn't really exciting. That said, admission is incredibly cheap ($2.50 per person, when I went) and you're given a guidebook for your walk that has plenty of information about every tree and fossil formation you might come across. The history of the coral quarry was pretty interesting and being able to touch fossilized coral that is literally 150k years old is pretty cool, I admit. Don't go there if it is raining - went as a storm was rolling in and the park worker warned me to get out as soon as possible if it started raining - there is a lot of poison wood on the path and sensitive individuals can be affected by residual dripping if rain is pouring through them.
  • Colorful and vibrant reefs flourishing with life
  • Nice state park.
  • If you'd like a very peaceful and educational wall, I highly recommend visiting. you will get a good mix of geological, anthropological, and natural history here.
  • Nice to walk around see nature
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