Dustin Nature Preserve
Dustin Nature Preserve is the largest of three contiguous preserves (the others being the Johnson and Whitehurst preserves). The complex boasts a large trail network and serves as the headquarters of ACRES Land Trust. A large meadow with scattered trees, a large barn, and mowed paths occupies the northeastern area, so bring a hat on sunny days and watch for ticks. I find the wetland areas west of the entrance lane more interesting. Frogs, turtles, and snakes are all present.
Other good areas are toward the southern part of the complex, near the ACRES office. A short spur leads to Lanhamís Promontory, where the land drops sharply away in three directions. Another trail leads down to the banks of Cedar Creek. Itís a rather steep trail but the views of Cedar Creek are worth the effort.
TRAIL MAP (Click to enlarge)