• Welcome to Clifton Forge – “A Highlands Treasure.”

    The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is a Municipal Corporation and a Political Subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although the Town was chartered in 1906, its history dates back to the 1700s. The land that the Town now occupies was originally part of a 1770 land grant to a Robert Gallaspy by Lord Botetourt, the Governor of Virginia.

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  • Alleghany Living 2014-15 online magazine

    “Well, it’s happening again.” Another beautiful day in the Alleghany Highlands Virginia. Browse Events, Maps, Arts, and much more.

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  • The Roanoker

    “You Can’t Go Home Again…Well, Maybe You Can” by Joan Vanorsdall. Photography by Chuck Almarez. The Roanoker Magazine, June 2014.

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  • Visit the Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Visit Clifton Forge, Va. in the Alleghany Highlands and enjoy our local area attractions.

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  • Town of Clifton Forge VA Incubator

    ‘The Business Incubator and Co-Working Center’

    Located in the building next door to town hall, the Incubator offers open and shared space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start ups, and those looking for an opportunity to network. The center offers: co-working office space, small and large meeting and conference areas, free WIFI access and WIFI accessible copy and fax machines, a small kitchen and lounge, laptops, projector and screen, high def TV with computer port and 24/7 access with security monitoring.

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  • Clifton Forge Public Library

    The mission of the Clifton Forge Public Library is to inform, educate, and entertain the public through a variety of programs, print and non-print sources and community activities.

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  • Find a Local Business

    We are proud of the quality businesses in Clifton Forge. Browse our business directory and learn more about us – find a new restaurant, discover a great shop, make reservations to stay the night, enjoy a show and contact professionals when you need a job done right. We are open!

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  • Relocating to Clifton Forge, Virginia?

    The Alleghany Highlands offers an extraordinary quality of life for its residents and an exceptional range of opportunities for visitors. Learn about the area Real Estate Resources and the area Schools & Colleges.

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Upcoming Events

Dec 1 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 27 @ 4:30 PM
Fx2 2016 A Regional Photography Exhibit December 1-27, 2016 Stop by and vote for your favorite today!!
Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Learn about contour, mass, light, shade, proportion. Every Thursday, 1 pm to 3 pm; Every Saturday, 12 pm to 2 pm Instructor: Norm Aberle One-hour private lesson: $20; Group lesson (more than one): $15 www.cfsota.org
Dec 10 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
Cashore Marionettes A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. The program consists of a collection of engaging piecese incompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment. The program is a series of touch portrayals and poignant
Dec 10 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
Shenandoah Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Saturday, December 10; 7:00pm Sunday, December 11; 3:00pm The Nutcracker is based on the E.T.A. Hoffman tale, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice”. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the
Dec 11 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
Shenandoah Ballet presents: The Nutcracker Sunday, December 11; 3:00pm The Nutcracker is based on the E.T.A. Hoffman tale, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice”. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same. Clara dreams of
Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Town of Clifton Forge Parks & Trails Meeting 6:00pm to 8:00pm Town Hall – 2nd floor
Dec 13 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Students will learn to read music and to play the piano easily. In just eight weeks, you are playing short songs and tunes. Instructor: Joanne Hayslett Fee: $100 for FOUR half-hour lessons, payable at time of 1st lesson. Every Tuesday. Call the School to select your lesson time. 540-862-7275
Dec 13 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
INSTRUCTOR: CYNDY LITTLETON Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Session 1: September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 11, 18 Session 2: November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6, 13 TUITION: $75 per session plus the cost of clay For adults (age 15 to 100) who have always wanted

RR Complex Report


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Free smoke detectors

Fire Department, in cooperation with the Red Cross, is installing smoke detectors at no cost for those in town in need. Call 540-863-2516 to schedule an installation.

Soliciting individuals to apply for appointment to the Architectural Review Board.


ARB Notice 11 29 16 The Town Council of Clifton Forge is soliciting individuals to apply for appointment to the Architectural Review Board. Applications accepted until Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  Learn more...

2016 Town of Clifton Forge Town Council Goals

  1. Work to make better communication a top priority using a variety of methods. Continue Council-Approved Council Corner Articles, Public Hearings, Press Releases
  2. Promote and implement Tax Exemption Program developed by Clifton Forge, Covington, Alleghany County and Iron Gate.


Announcement: Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

2/25/2015 8:37:00 AM

Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

CLIFTON FORGE — Out of 1,500 active utility accounts, only 20 are protected under a new sewer lateral ordinance that was adopted last year by Clifton Forge Town Council.

In April 2014, after more than six months of discussing various options to address the cost and responsibility for sewer laterals between an individual’s property line and the main sewer line, Clifton Forge Town Council adopted an ordinance making the town responsible for the maintenance and repair of this section of sewer pipe once the owner installed a town-approved cleanout on his sewer lateral.

The town would inspect cleanouts at no cost and install a cleanout where needed for the cost of materials ($60). The owner could also use a contractor to install.

A $3 per month sewer lateral fee was adopted, effective July 1, 2014, to offset the costs of repairs incurred by the town for faulty lines in the future.

After almost eight months, very few citizens have taken advantage of the free cleanout inspection (8) and only 12 owners have had cleanout installed, or are waiting for installation, by the town for the $60 fee.

Until a cleanout is installed and/or inspected, the owner remains responsible for any repairs to the often times troubled section of their sewer lateral, Clifton Forge officials remind residents.

While Public Works installs cleanouts when requested, and as time is available, residents are encouraged to consider paying the $60 material fee at their earliest convenience to avoid costly repairs to their sewer line between their property line and the main line in the future.


The Town will be picking up loose and bagged leaves from October 31 through December 9th Street side pick-up will be done first, alleys will be done last.  Please do not mix leaves with limbs.  The leaf machine cannot pick-up limbs.  During this time frame brush & bulk pick-up will not occur.  Leaf collection will follow the schedule below.


ZONE 1: Ingalls (Main to Richmond), Forester Area, Oakhill Area, Wilmont, Woodlawn, & Willow

ZONE 2: Jefferson from Palace Blvd. to upper end, Kensington to Lou, & upper Jefferson


ZONE 3: Verge St., Jefferson between Main & Palace & all side streets – Upton to Lowell, Vulcan & Venus

ZONE 4: Commercial, McCormick, Rose & Roxbury from Main to I-64

ZONE 5: Downtown (Ridgeway), Lower Main, Keswick, Entire West End




Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

For Immediate Release

Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

By Mayor Tom Sibold, Vice Mayor Gayle Hillert

As elected officials, we hear requests for many things from residents of our communities.  Some are easy to achieve and some more difficult.  In the Alleghany Highlands, to survive and thrive, it is best to work together as one entity using the strengths and contributions of Covington, Iron Gate Alleghany County and Clifton Forge.  In the most recent election, we heard that sentiment expressed many times.



2017 Budget Presentation

Seeking Class A or B Contractors

Town of Clifton Forge is seeking Class A or B contractors to participate in the Lower Roxbury revitalization project through DHCD.  Pre-qualification applications are available in the Community Development Office at Clifton Forge Town Hall.

Virginia Tech’s Save Our Towns Videos

Town of Clifton Forge VA - Virginia Tech "Save Our Towns"

Virginia Tech's Save Our Towns monthly Internet video series

Watch the Season 2 Premiere about Clifton Forge!  Aysha Alsane, student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies talks about the projects here!

Presented by Virginia Tech, Save Our Towns offers a direct line to leaders throughout Appalachia – as well as the state – who share your vision for building a town for the future.

PRESS RELEASE – New 4 Way Stop Signs Howard and McCormick

For Immediate Release – July 11 2016

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To improve road safety in town, new four way stop signs have been erected at the intersection of Howard Street and McCormick Boulevard.
There is a site distance problem at this intersection. When approaching this intersection on Howard Street from Commercial Avenue, traffic currently stops at the stop sign on Howard, the driver is unable to see oncoming traffic on McCormick.
To correct the issue the options were to make the even side of McCormick no parking for 60 additional feet (removing 3 parking spaces) or install stop signs on McCormick. This would result in a 4 way stop intersection.
The removal of parking spaces was not considered a viable option. For the first two weeks after the 4 way stop signs are installed, there will be signs installed on McCormick indicating a new traffic pattern exists
The Town requests your cooperation and patience in observing these new signs.
If anyone has concerns or questions regarding the work, please contact Public Works at (540) 863-2517.

Town Council – Public Comments Procedure

NOTICE: In order to ensure that all persons wishing to address Council have the opportunity to do so and in a timely manner, Council respectfully requests that all attendees keep conversation with each other during the meeting to a minimum.
Read the Procedures

The Town Reminds You of These Important Dates

January 31st - Animal Tags are due
March 1st - Business licenses are due
March 1st - Town Decals go on sale
April 15th - Town Decals are due
June 5th - Second-half real estate taxes due
July 1st - Tax Relief for Elderly or Disabled
December 5th - First-half real estate taxes due and Personal Property Taxes Due
20th day of each month - Food and Beverage Tax

Highlands Scenic Byway

The scenic drive is a must-see experience for all visiting Virginia's Western Highlands and makes the outdoors and nature accessible even to those who would rather not hike into a wilderness area.

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