Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park


Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 84.9
Islamorada, FL 33036

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is located on Windley Key near Islamorada. This land once belonged to the Florida East Coast Railroad and was used to quarry the rock for Flagler's Overseas Railroad back in the early 1900s. Today, visitors to the park can take short self-guided walks through 5 different interpretive trails. Learn about the ancient coral reef (known as Key Largo Limestone) that was quarried or about the beautiful natural diversity of this area.  Walk along the 8 foot tall edges of the quarry and see the fossils up close in the cut sections. Trails are, combined, a total of maybe a mile and a half.

The Alison Fahrer Environmental Education Center features exhibits about the famous railroad, the natural habitats and local geology. Groups may use a conference room located within this visitor center,  It is only open from Friday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Outside you can still see some of the machinery used to quarry the stone laying around the park.