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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

P.O. Box 1052
Islamorada, Florida 33036
Phone: 305-664-2540

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is located on the bayside at Mile Marker 85.5, just south of the Snake Creek drawbridge. Purchased by Henry Flagler in 1908 to quarry limestone rock for the Overseas Railroad bed and bridge approaches, the park offers visitors the unique opportunity to “look inside” an ancient coral reef formation and view the historic remains of Flagler’s quarrying activities. The 32-acre site has three quarries and approximately 1.5 miles of trails that wind through a tropical hardwood hammock. Walking the trails offers visitors the chance to see over 40 species of trees and plants that are native to the Florida Keys. With the aid of a guidebook, numbered trail stops, and interpretive markers, it is easy for visitors to learn about the natural and cultural resources of the site.

Hours of Operation
Park is open Thursday-Monday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Driving Directions
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is located on Windley Key at Mile Marker 85.5 near Islamorada.

Activities
Nature Trails
The park has approximately 1.5 miles of trails that wind through a tropical hardwood hammock. Along the trails, visitors are able to observe over 40 species of trees and plants that are native to the Florida Keys. With the aid of a guidebook, numbered trail stops, and interpretive markers, it is easy for visitors to learn about the natural and cultural resources of the site. Ranger-guided tours are also available.

Picnicking
Picnic tables are placed throughout the park’s quarries. Shady tables, however, are limited.

Visitor Center
The Alison Fahrer Environmental Education Center offers displays on Flagler’s railroad, tropical hardwood hammocks, Florida Keys geology and more. A conference room on the second floor can be reserved for school groups, meetings, etc.