Willowdale offers trail-use opportunities on 40 miles of trails and fishing and boating on 100 acre Hood Pond. There are no developed recreational facilities at the Forest which exists as two separate parcels divided by Route 1. The eastern block of the Forest abuts Bradley Palmer State Park and the Ipswich River.
This park is a hillside located on Harbor loop int he center of downtown Gloucester. Panoramic views of Gloucester Harbor, large rock tables and benches and the hillside terrain makes this a fun place to stop for a picnic lunch. Throw in a little art history while you're visiting by discussing the art of the famous artist that the park is named after. There is a large bronze statue of Fitz Hugh Lane located on a rocky ledge that makes a great photo when you strike the same pose as the statue.