• Linden Park Concept Plan

    The Heights, Linden Park, Clifton Forge, Va. – Concept Plan

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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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  • 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 – June 2014

    “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 Virginia Incubator 2014 3

    ‘The Business Incubator and Co-Working Center’ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – June 2014

    Located in the rear of what is locally known as the Highlands Cleaners building, the center is designed to stimulate business creation and success in the area. The Incubator offers open and shared space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start ups, and those looking for an opportunity to network.

    The center offers the following: 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 area, laptops, projector and screen, high definition TV with computer port, 24/7 access with security monitoring in order to fit the needs of various individual businesses, and in its first year – businesses may use the Incubator space at no cost.

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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 in the Town of Clifton Forge, Va.

May 30 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
DRAWING LESSONS Every Thursday, 1 pm to 3 pm; Every Saturday, 12 pm to 2 pm Learn about contour, mass, light, shade, proportion. Draw what you see (and what you WANT to see). Instructor: Norm Aberle One-hour private lesson: $20; group lesson (more than one): call Clifton Forge School of
May 30 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NEEDLE FELTING FOR BEGINNERS Learn the basics of needle felting as we make: A) WOOLY COPPER FOX Thu. April 23, 12 pm-2:30 pm Sat. May 16, 1 pm-3:30 pm B) WOOLY CAT Sat, May 9, 1 pm-3 pm Wed. Jun 17, 1pm-3pm C) WOOLY SHEEP Sat. May 13, 1 pm-3
Jun 1 all-day Town of Clifton Forge
Open in the Historic District during garden & growing seasons between June and October 2015. Operating hours during these months will be every Friday 8 AM to Noon. Support your local farmers and merchants : ) https://www.facebook.com/events/1003362806360973/
Jun 1 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Clifton Forge Public Library Board Meeting 5:30pm to 8:00pm Michael Armstrong Room at the Clifton Forge Public Library
Jun 2 @ 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Every Tuesday morning. (Call the School to select your lesson time.) Beginnings, intermediate and advanced students are welcome. Instructor: Cheryl Lunsford. Monthly Fee: $79 for 4 (or 5) thirty-minute lessons each month.
Jun 2 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Every Tuesday. (Call the School to select your lesson time.) 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: $20 for half-hour lesson
Jun 2 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WATERCOLOR: TUESDAYS 10AM- NOON MAY 12 – JUNE 16, 2015, Ages:18 & Up $90 Join us for the fun and challenges watercolor offers! There are topics to introduce beginners to basic knowledge of materials and techniques, selection of brush and papers, the properties of color and how the color wheel

2015 Town of Clifton Forge Council Goals

1. Work to make better communication a top priority using a variety of methods.

2. Continue to support Town infrastructure improvement by dedicating financial and human resources to this effort.

a. Water lines
b. Sewer lines
c. Road repair, especially on main roads in Town
d. Increase the amount of sidewalk repair including reviewing better designation of handicap sidewalks and curbs.

3. Promote and implement Tax Exemption Program developed by Clifton Forge, Covington, Alleghany County and Iron Gate.

4. Continue to support efforts for long-range strategic planning for the town of Clifton Forge.

a. Receive regular updates from AH Economic Development Corporation
b. Updates by Planning Commission
c. Updates by AH Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
d. Updates by Clifton Forge Main Street

5. Continue efforts to market town-owned properties.

6. Continue to promote clean-up efforts by the Town.

a. Support Town Employees, charitable organizations, and endorse nonprofit groups who have the improvement and beautification of the Town as a primary goal. Review and adopt ordinances that are consistent with clean-up efforts.
b. Support Code enforcement
c. Support Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Initiatives and encourage more citizen involvement.


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.



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 of Clifton Forge is pre-qualifying contractors to bid on housing rehabilitation and new housing construction for the Lower Roxbury Neighborhood Revitalization Project.  If you are a Virginia licensed (minimum of a Class B License) and insured contractor and are interested in bidding on this work, please contact Don Ford, Director of Community Development, Town of Clifton Forge, at 540/863-2509 or dford@cliftonforgeva.gov for an application form.

The initial deadline for receiving applications is May 15 2015, though additional contractors can apply and be added to the approved list of contractors throughout the project.

The Town of Clifton Forge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority- & female-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Distances from Clifton Forge, Va.

To Douthat State Park: 5.7 miles
To Covington, Virginia: 13 miles
To Humpback Covered Bridge: 16 miles
To Falling Spring Falls: 18 miles
To Lexington, Virginia: 29 miles
To The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA: 35 miles
To The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV: 36 miles
To Roanoke, VA: 44 miles
To Charlottesville, VA: 95 miles

Local Weather

Current conditions for Clifton Forge as of Fri, 29 May 2015 2:53 am EDT

Partly Cloudy


High: 72° Low: 57°

Partly Cloudy

Feels like: 68 °F

Barometer: 30.23 in and falling

Humidity: 87%

Visibility: 10 mi

Dewpoint: 57 °F

Wind: 3 mph

Sunrise: 6:01 am

Sunset: 8:29 pm

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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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