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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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"Fossil Reef Geologic" not on the Tour

We visited this past Saturday looking forward to taking the Ranger tour to learn more about the... read more

Reviewed today
MrPeabody1
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Key Colony Beach, Florida
Educational and great park staff

We came on a day that was not busy, and the park staff was so insightful on the history of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christine D
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West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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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” (14 reviews)
“visitor center” (12 reviews)
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Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
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"self guided tour"
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"old quarry"
in 14 reviews
"visitor center"
in 12 reviews
"guide book"
in 10 reviews
"trail guide"
in 8 reviews
"flagler's railroad"
in 7 reviews
"coral rock"
in 6 reviews
"quarry walls"
in 5 reviews
"short trails"
in 4 reviews
"plant life"
in 7 reviews
"interesting history"
in 9 reviews
"trees and shrubs"
in 3 reviews
"ranger station"
in 3 reviews
"highest point"
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"nice walking trails"
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"overseas railroad"
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"points of interest"
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Reviewed today

We visited this past Saturday looking forward to taking the Ranger tour to learn more about the geology of the keys. After all it is called "Fossil Reef Geological State Park", so we expected interesting fossils and geology to be discussed on the tour of...More

Thank MrPeabody1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came on a day that was not busy, and the park staff was so insightful on the history of the park. Talked all about the quarry and the railroad and the hurricane from the 1930s, that killed a couple hundred of the workers. Very...More

Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned about the railway that was built through the Keys. Learned a lot about the trees of the region as well as fossils. Saw lizards and birds. A nice walk. A lot of it is covered so it wasn't too hot. Staff are very...More

Thank Angie B
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

A great way to spend an hour or two learning about the nature and history if the Keys. We did the self guided tour for $2.50 each. The tour book was detailed and we learned a lot. There is a small indoor exhibit with a...More

Thank Clint W
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Windley Key is definitely worth a quick visit (that's all it takes) to learn about the fascinating geology of the Keys. Florida State Parks are hidden gems!

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We were surprised how quiet the park was. Made an interesting short stop, take the time to do the self guided tour and learn about the quarry and rocks. Fascining to see the limestone and see the shells and creatures (and sand from the Sahara!)...More

Thank Matt_Martins
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Drove past this spot on many trips to the Keys but finally stopped and spent time. What a beautiful spot. The park ranger there was extremely friendly and informative. Spent a couple of hours walking the trails, viewing the native flora and the fossilized coral....More

Thank fishersgirl
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

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 geological time. The trail along...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

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 have any interest in nature.

Thank peterdavies2016
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

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 small nature exhibit/ museum. If you need to stretch your...More

Thank jronkowski
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Katherine B
29 March 2018|
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Response from peterdavies2016 | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid not. The trails are not long, and there was hardly anyone there. I guess most people go the the Keys for other reasons. I highly recommend it.
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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.
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