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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-2540
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Finally stopped, so glad we did!

We've driven past this a million times, but finally stopped -- the entrance sneaks up on you even... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Neliza D
Interesting diversion

If you need a diversion from fishing, spend an hour or so here. It provides an interesting history... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“old quarry” (13 reviews)
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Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-2540
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 one of the picnic tables and...More

Thank Neliza D
Reviewed 19 June 2017

If you need a diversion from fishing, spend an hour or so here. It provides an interesting history of the Keys related to the building of the railroad. They provide an informative book/guide that corresponds to markers along the trails, so you can learn about...More

1  Thank ReviewMom
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. Great little trails and the ranger who worked in the visitor center was great. You get your own guide book and you navigate yourself. Lots of ground wasps but they don't sting. Just walk through them. Be ready for large spiders...More

1  Thank Heather M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I'd recommend this park to families, visitors and for school field trips. It's small enough that you don't get exhausted or overwhelmed but big enough that you learn something new and get to see some very cool rocks! I visited the park with a guide...More

Thank Maggie M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank wildturkey52
Reviewed 16 May 2017

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

Thank Clarkiex6
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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

Thank lindalewis47
Reviewed 10 May 2017

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...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank farmhand2014
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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.

Thank Tom S
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