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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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Coral, fossils and some island history

If you're not in to geology, this might not strike your fancy. If you have kids, they might find... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Islamorada, Florida
Went for a walk

Got to the park early in the morning Saturday. They allowed us to just walk. Great for a walk and... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Kerry F
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good43%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“old quarry” (13 reviews)
“guide book” (11 reviews)
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Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-2540
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

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 from, this just might help answer your questions. Picnic area...More

Thank pdfan11946
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Kerry F
Reviewed 9 July 2017

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

1  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

2  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
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Angie N
27 July 2017|
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Bring your best deet based repellant. Big black mosquitoes, they do not seem to like coppertone scent for some reason.