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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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  • 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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  • 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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The Board of Directors of the Industrial Development Authority of the Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia, hereby gives notice to the public that on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 10 a.m. local time, it will hold a special meeting in the public meeting room on the second floor of the Clifton Forge Town Hall, 547 Main Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422. The items on the agenda for the special meeting are (1) organization of the Authority, including election of officers, and recommendations to the Town Council on organizational issues, and (2) training on the purposes and powers of an industrial or economic development authority. A more specific agenda will be posted to the Town website closer to the meeting date at the same time it is circulated to the Authority Board members.

The Town is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Kyla Crosier, Deputy Clerk, at (540) 863-2500 or .

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Upcoming Events

Jefferson School Study Survey

Jefferson/East Elementary School Feasibility Survey

The Town of Clifton Forge recently received a Community Impact Grant to conduct a feasibility study for the Jefferson/East Elementary School.

We would like to hear from you on what you envision for this important building in our community. This survey should take you 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time and input! 

Link to survey


Please note the following changes to the bulk and brush pick up this year. The bulk and brush pick up will be a once a month, bulk will be on the first Tuesday of the month. Brush pick up will be on the last Tuesday of the month unless that day falls on a Holiday. The following schedule will reflect any days that fall on a Holiday and which day pick-ups will be made.

We plan to start bulk and brush pick up in March weather depending.  If the weather is calling for multiple snow and/or ice events that month, we will move our start date to the first Tuesday in April.

Bulk and Brush pick up will end on October 31st due to leaf pick up beginning in November.

There will be NO brush or bulk pick-ups from November 2023 through March or April 2024 (Weather Depending)

March: 7th bulk, 28th brush

April: 4th bulk, 25th brush

May: 2nd bulk, 30th brush

June: 6th bulk, 27th brush

July: 3rd (Monday) bulk, 25th brush

August: 1st bulk, 29th brush

September: 5th bulk, 26th brush

October: 3rd bulk, 31st brush


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

NOTICE – Commissions and Boards Vacancies

The Town Council of Clifton Forge is soliciting individuals to apply to fill vacant seats on the Commissions and Boards.  Learn more...

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.



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.


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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.

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!

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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.



Linden Park Renovations Project Bids

The Town of Clifton Forge is requesting bids for the Linden Park Renovations Project. Interested contractors may receive a copy of the Request for Bids at the Public Works Department 520 Howard Street or the Community Development Department 547 Main Street Clifton Forge VA. There is a required mandatory pre-bid conference to be held at Linden Park, 600 Douglas Street, Clifton Forge (attendance is required to be considered a responsive bidder) on December 17th at 1:00 PM.  Sealed responses to this request are due on or before 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Clifton Forge Town Hall, 547 Main Street, Clifton Forge VA 24422Each Bid shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, which is clearly marked as directed. If you have any questions, please contact Earl LaBonte, Public Works Director Town of Clifton Forge Public Works at (540) 863-2517.


Town of Clifton Forge Va Pet Tags renewalDOG AND CATS TAGS ARE ON SALE AND DUE NOW!






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.

Candidate Filing Deadlines

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2014 November General & “Special” Elections For

Alleghany County

In order for your name to appear on the ballot for the 2014 November General & Special Elections for Alleghany County, you must have your paperwork turned in to the Registrar’s Office located at 110 Rosedale Ave., Ste. D, Covington, VA 24426 by the following deadlines:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by 7:00 p.m.

Clifton Forge – Town Council

Iron Gate – Mayor

Iron Gate – Town Council

Iron Gate – Town Council “Special” Election

Those with a Friday, August 15, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Covington District - Board of Supervisors