• 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 2016-17 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

Feb 26 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friends of Clifton Forge Public Library 6:00pm to 8:00pm Michael Armstrong Room
Feb 26 @ 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE POTTERY WHEEL (Adults)$125.00  (THIS CLASS IS NOW ON WAITLIST.   Call the School to be added & for updates 540-862-7275)Mondays, Feb.12,19,26 & Mar. 5, 12 and 19, 6:15 – 8:15 pmTUITION: $125, plus the cost of clay used ($25/block)INSTRUCTOR:  CYNDY LITTLETONBeginners and intermediate clay enthusiasts will create functional pieces using the
Feb 27 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
BEGINNING STAINED GLASS$85.00Add to CartTuesdays:  Feb 27, March 6, 13, 20, & 27; 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.     ​TUITION: $85, plus approx. $45 materials fee paid to instructor at the first class session.This five-week class offers an introduction to the art of making stained glass using the basic copper foil
Feb 27 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Details https://www.cfsota.org/woodworking.html
Feb 27 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
February 20- March 27, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm, 6 sessions, $40Instructor: Kim Averyhttps://www.cfsota.org/yoga.html
Feb 27 @ 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
POTTERY: CLAY HANDBUILDING for ADULTS$125.00Add to CartTues., Feb. 13, 20, 27 & Mar. 6, 13 and 20, 6:15 – 8:15 pmTUITION: $125, plus the cost of clay used ($25/block)​INSTRUCTOR:  COURTNEY HORNERStudents explore various hand-building techniques while creating functional and abstract forms and tiles.  Demonstrations include slab construction, coil building, and
Feb 27 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
GLASS – OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS$15.00Add to CartINSTRUCTOR:  GEORGE AYARS​​Each session is 2-1/2 hours; take as many or as few as you like. $15 per session. Indicate DATE in the Notes when you pay. May also pay at session.Get back into glass, complete an old project or knock out a new one,
Feb 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
KNITTING LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS CROCHET LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 am – noon, or by arrangement INSTRUCTOR: JULIE BENNETT TUITION: $20 per one-hour lesson, $50 for three one-hour lessons One-hour knitting or crochet lessons. Learn to knit and/or crochet to easily make fun and useful things. There is

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.

Notice – New Building Permit Procedures


As of OCTOBER 2, 2017 ALL Building Permits will be issued by Alleghany County Building Department located at 9212 Winterberry Ave, Suite A, in Low Moor.  Permit applications may be picked up at either Alleghany County or Clifton Forge Town Hall.  Zoning approval will still need to be applied for at Town Hall in Clifton Forge prior to applying for a permit at Alleghany County.   If you are unsure, please ask and you will be directed as to the proper route to follow.

Any questions can be directed to Darlene Burcham with the Town of Clifton Forge at 540.863.2500 or Beth Stull with Alleghany County at 540.863.6650.

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Building Permit Application (Alleghany County, VA)

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.


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.

2017 Budget Presentation

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.



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.

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.
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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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