Is situated westward of Cetațuia Hill and represents an important weekend recreation place. The northern slope is covered with a mixed forest of hornbeam, cornel trees, hazelnut trees, wild apple trees, locust trees, common oak etc., with various blooming clearings where, occasionally, are taking place different concerts.
The rich and diversified fauna is represented by mammals (meadow mice, wild cats, squirrels, wild boars, hares, green lizards etc.), birds (rearmice, blackbirds, cuckoos, little owls etc.). The north-westhern part is marked by the Lungul brook, which digged the Gorges of Baciu – a protected area of national interest, where there are conserved fossil elements of Oligocen. Near by Hoia Forest, is situated the “Romulus Vuia” Ethnographic National Park, the first one in Romania.
The Hoia Forest is worldwide famous thanks to the presence of paranormal phenomena, which still have a little studied scientific basis. However, in 1968 a citizen of Cluj took a photo of an undentified flying object (UFO), a photo that, according to specialists, looks authentic.
On the Hoia Hill, is situated the statue of the legendary shepherd Donath, who is told to have announced the authorities of the imminent arrival of the Turkish (17th century), who were trying to deviate the flow of Someș river by digging through the hill in the place still named Tăietura Turcului (the Turkish Cut) and then, such as the Marathon runner, would have died because of the effort and emotions.
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