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  • Riding the Art Train: Clifton Forge, Virginia by Joan Vannorsdall

    How does an out-of-the-way mountain town—pretty much left for dead a few decades back—make a comeback? It’s a long story that finally comes down to this: creativity and courage.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

Fri 01

Fun Fridays

July 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 01

Stone Carving Lessons: Alabaster Abstraction

July 1 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat 02

Glass Open Studio Sessions

July 2 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sat 02

Beginner: Level 1 (w/ Jennifer D.)

July 2 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon 04
Tue 05

Traditional Drawing or Painting Lessons

July 5 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue 05

AHCSB Life Skills Class

July 5 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


The Town of Clifton Forge is seeking applicants to build a pool of certified Emergency Medical Care Providers (EMT-B, EMT-A, EMT-I and Paramedic) to staff the Town of Clifton Forge Emergency Medical Services Department. All EMS providers will be hired on a part time basis with a rate of pay between $18.00-$22.00/hour depending on level of certification. An oral interview as well as a practical skills evaluation will be part of the selection process.

Applications may be obtained from the office of the Town Manager or Clifton Forge Police Department,547 Main Street, Clifton Forge, VA, the Clifton Forge Fire Department, 701 Church Street, Clifton Forge, or printed from the Town’s website - Town of Clifton Forge VA Job Application

Positions are open until filled. EEOE



A copy of the 2021 report has been posted on the Towns website, 2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.  In order to make this report available to all water customers, printed copies can be obtained from Clifton Forge Town Hall at 547 Main Street during normal business hours.


NOTICE – Board of Zoning Appeals Vacancies

The Town Council of Clifton Forge is soliciting individuals to apply to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Appeals.


The Board of Zoning Appeals meets to hear appeals by persons aggrieved by any decision of the Zoning Administrator.  The Board may reverse, affirm or modify the decision of the Zoning Administrator.  The Board shall, in specific cases, authorize variances from the Zoning Ordinance.  The Board shall grant special exceptions, when authorized by the Zoning Ordinance, upon proper application.


Applications for committees and boards are available available online and the Town Manager’s office at Town Hall. Please send a letter of interest with your name, address, phone, email address and qualifications to:


Clerk of Clifton Forge Council

P.O. Box 631

Clifton Forge, Va. 24422


Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 5:00pm.  Please contact the Town Manager’s office at 540-863-2500 if you have any questions.



The Council of the Town of Clifton Forge is seeking individuals interested in filling the two (2) vacant council seats. Residents should notify the Town Clerk in writing by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 of their interest. Those individuals who have already been interviewed by Council, on January 11, 2022 need not re-apply.

CF Town Offices and Buildings Reopen

Town offices and buildings will reopen to the public on Monday, June 21, 2021.

We ask that everyone follow the current CDC recommendations and guidelines. If you have a fever or feel ill please stay home.

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Fast Internet for Business and Residential

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.


BULK will be picked up every Tuesday, except for Holidays that fall on Tuesday

BRUSH will be picked up every Thursday, except for Holidays that fall on Thursday



Will accept everything the trash truck will not take except:

  • tires
  • paints
  • hazardous materials
  • batteries
  • bagged or loose grass clippings
  • contractor materials
  • No more than a pickup truck load!



  • Will accept brush and trees
  • Nothing over 8ft long
  • No bagged or loose grass clippings
  • No more than a pickup truck load!


If you have any further questions, please call our public works department at 540-863-2517.


Town of Clifton Forge Police Department

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Town of Clifton Forge Police Department

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Recycling in Matthews Park – Update!

Temporary trailer now at Mathews Park for collecting recyclables.


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 Charles Unroe 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)

Available Properties for Sale

Development in Clifton Forge Va

Clifton Forge Business Park

6+/- Total Acres Available for Development

List of Available Properties for Sale

in Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Parks and Trails Map – New!

Parks and Trails MapParks and Trails Map - Take a Walk in Clifton Forge, Virginia!

(Adobe .pdf ~ 2 pgs. - legal size 8.5" x 14")

Voted #1 Small Adventure Town 2018 and 2019 ~ Blue Ridge Magazine

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.



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
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.