• Broadband Fiber for the Alleghany Highlands

    Gig Fiber Ready

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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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JAN. 25TH THRU THE 29TH, 2021
8:00 AM -2:00PM


Economic Resiliency Grant Initiative ~ “CARES Act”

The Town of Clifton Forge is offering an Economic Resiliency Grant Initiative to help our small local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more...

Alleghany Highlands Gig Fiber Rich

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.

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 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)

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

Download our Web App

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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

Clifton Forge, VA entry in the HGTV Hometown Takeover

A great little town with a great big story!

2017 Town of Clifton Forge Town Council Goals

1. Continue and improve communications with Town residents through talking, listening, press releases, and Council corner articles.

2. Promote Tax Exemption Program, reminding citizens of its advantages through website communication.


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.

Board of Zoning Appeals Vacancies


Town of Clifton Forge

Board of Zoning Appeals Vacancies

The Town Council of Clifton Forge is soliciting individuals to apply to fill vacant seats 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 on the Clifton Forge website at www.cliftonforgeva.gov 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 Monday, April 1, 2019.  Please contact the Town Manager’s office at 540-863-2500 if you have any questions.

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.