Friends of the Islamorada Area State Parks
The road you travel to reach this hidden gem of a park literally rests upon the Key Largo Limestone that was quarried here through the late 1960’s. This limestone was formed thousands of years ago by ancient coral reefs and later became the quarried base layer of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad. It also provided the decorative stone called Keystone found on many structures throughout the Florida Keys today. Park visitors have many options for learning and enjoyment.
There are many walking trails that lead through the historical quarries where fossils of ancient corals can be viewed and identified with the help of a ranger or a comprehensive guidebook available at the Alison Fahrer Environmental Education Center. This park also features an automated Track chair for navigating through the quarries and trails. Paths will lead the visitor through history, geology and ecology as different areas are encountered along the way to the Real Florida.