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.
Florida 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.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park at Florida State Parks
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  • This park was very cool and fun to visit. There were a few different trails and the fossilized coral. A nice place to spend 30 minutes or so, was only a couple dollars per person as an entry fee. The ...  more »
  • This is nature at its best. There are 5 trails that are easy to navigate and trees are clearly marked. Visitors are given self guided tour books so you can learn about the various trees and amazing fo...  more »
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  • A great visit to learn about the history of the area. The self-directed tour is well-done and the park staff were extraordinarily pleasant. There are a nice variety of trails to walk.
  • If you love fossils or just want to walk the trails, it's a nice stop off in the route down the keys

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