Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Islamorada

4.4
#3 of 9 in Parks in Islamorada
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.
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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reviews
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  • This is a laid-back diversion for those looking for something to do for an hour or so. Our entrance fee was $2.50. The paths are short, shade-filled, and with occasional little interesting tid-bits....  more »
  • Great place to take a hike and see all the terrain of the keys. Interesting to learn about the history of the Windley key fossil reef. Might want to put on some bug spray. We discovered our...  more »
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  • This is quite possibly the best self-guided tour I've ever been on, and that's saying something. It's a fascinating place to visit, and I recommend visiting all of the trails. Definitely worth your time, especially for $2.50 a person.
  • Great place for a hike and affordable at $2.00-$3.00 a person. There are at least six different trails through the Hammock forest and a great place to take your dog on a walk. They also give a plant and trail guide free to use when you pay admission. Highly recommended for a relaxing walk in nature and to learn about the quarry’s history.

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