Dustin is the centerpiece of three contiguous preserves (also including the Johnson Preserve and Whitehurst Preserve). Together they boast a large trail network and serve as the headquarters of ACRES Land Trust. The Dustin Preserve accounts for the great majority of the whole. 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 Lanham’s Promontory, where the land drops sharply away in three directions. Another trail leads down to the banks of Cedar Creek. It’s a rather steep trail but the views of Cedar Creek are worth the effort.
Directions: Allen County. From I-69 Exit 312, north 7.8 miles to Chapman Rd, then right 0.6 miles to a parking area on the right.
GPS: N 41 15.044 W 85 07.392