So Many Choices in Clifton Forge and the Alleghany Highlands!

The Alleghany Highlands is a land of beauty, serenity, fun and adventure all rolled into one! Here you experience nature at it’s best, with so many outdoor adventures and rich cultural experiences to choose from, you can’t go wrong!

History & Sightseeing – Marvel as memories of the past are revealed and memories of the future are created as you visit many of the antique stores in quaint shops and timeless country stores. Railroad buffs will find the C & O Historical Society Archives a must see, as well as a tour of the Smith Creek yard where rail cars of years past have been restored and are available for boarding. The Arts and Crafts Center in Clifton Forge changes art exhibits monthly and regionally crafted items of the highest quality await buyers. Each season, more enticing than the previous, offers opportunities for recreation and relaxing. Visit this mountain playground as seasonal changes blend gently with Spring accented by an explosion of wildflowers and the stirring of wildlife. Fish are jumping and surroundings are extra green as Spring gives way to Summer and leisurely Pursuits. Fall arrives with crisp autumn mornings ablaze with a riot of vibrant colors. As the temperature Drops and excitement grows, snowflakes dance through the sky to blanket mountains with glimmering snow.

Fishing – You can fly fish on the Jackson River, rated #25 in Trout Unlimited’s Guide to the Top 100 U.S. Trout Streams or try your luck in one of the areas many lakes, streams, and rivers.

Golfing – Play a round at the area’s newest golf course, Cliff View Golf Club, with 18 unique and challenging holes, and breathtaking mountain views. Try your luck at one of the area’s two 9-hole courses, Alleghany Country Club or Cliftondale Country Club or play a round at the nationally known Homestead and Upper and Lower Cascades.

And much, much more!

Amtrak Train Service – Clifton Forge, VA (CLF)

Make a reservation on Amtrak and stay with us for your weekend getaway.  Amtrak makes stops to CF three days a week from the East and West on Friday and leaves on Sunday making CF a perfect weekend train trip.  We are within walking distance of everything downtown including restaurants and attractions.

Area Restaurants in Clifton Forge, Va.

Jack Mason’s Tavern – (540) 862-5624

The Club Car Shop & Deli – (540) 862-0777

Fairview Dairy Bar – (540) 862-2545

Café Michel – (540) 862-4119

Vic’s Family Restaurant – (540) 862-1620

Bella’s Pizza Pasta & Subs – (540) 862-4548

China Wok – (540) 862-7788

Cat & Owl Steak & Seafood (Low Moor, Va., Exit 21) – (540) 862-5808

Area Attractions

Humpback Bridge

Humpback Bridge is the only covered bridge of its type of construction now standing in the United States. Located in Alleghany County, just west of Covington, it was built in 1857. The 100-foot-long, single-span structure is four feet higher at its center than it is at either end, thus the name, “Humpback.”

Lake Moomaw

Lake Moomaw provides year round boating, water sports, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking and hiking. This 2,530 acre lake has a 43 mile shoreline and is a part of the Gathright Wildlife Management Area in Alleghany and Bath Counties. James River Ranger District (540) 962-2214; Warm Springs Ranger District (540) 839-2521.

Falling Springs

The Falls located north of Covington on Rt. 220 provide a peaceful, scenic wayside for tourists. In 1778 Thomas Jefferson described Falling Springs as a “remarkable cascade…falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.”

Douthat State Park

Douthat State Park, located in Alleghany and Bath Counties, is one of the six original Virginia State Parks opened in 1936. The facilities, designed by the National Park Service, include trails, a dam and spillway, cabins, a lodge, a swimming beach, picnic areas and other support facilities. The park maintains 43 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails with some spectacular overlooks. Enjoy dinner in Douthat Lakeview Restaurant as you view the beautiful reflection of the mountains in our 50-acre trout stocked lake. Enjoy a day of fun in the sand and sun and swimming at the beach. Visit the Camp Store and Boat Dock to rent rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, funyaks, hydro-bikes, fishing poles and mountain bikes.

The Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre

Alleghany Highlands Center for the Performing Arts, circa 1905, in Clifton Forge serves up live entertainment and good country music. The theatre is home to the Virginia Opry and the Southern Gospel Review. Call (540) 863-2500 or visit for more information.  The addition of the Historic Masonic Amphitheater has brought a wide variety of musical events and plays to downtown Clifton Forge.  Crossing Smith Creek on the new foot bridge, make parking on Main Street or Jefferson Avene easily accessible to the Amphitheater.

Alleghany Highlands Arts Council

For forty-seven years, the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council has brought inspiring, live professional performing arts events to the community. The Performing Arts Series has been recognized as one of the most highly successful entertainment and cultural series in the state.

Fall Foliage Festival

Clifton Forge, Virginia – The Annual Fall Foliage Festival sponsored by the Shrine Club will be in the Downtown Historic District. Artisans, craftsmen, antique dealers, and flea market style vendors occupy the north side of Ridgeway Street, parts of Main and Commercial and also the three public parking lots. Crafters are invited to register early. Call (540) 962-2178 for an application.

Covington Lumberjacks

The Lumberjacks have dazzled the fans in Covington, drawing over 20,000 fans each season at Casey Field.

Jackson River Sports Complex

The Jackson River Sports Complex is located in Covington off Edgemont Drive directly across from Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. The sports complex offers upscale playground equipment, archery, open turf sports (soccer, flag football, field hockey), tennis courts, and basketball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, shelter, restroom and concession facilities.

Jackson River Trail

The Jackson River Trail is a 17-mile trail in Alleghany County, Virginia, which runs from Covington, Virginia to the Coles Point Recreation Area at Lake Moomaw. The Trail, which was developed from an old railroad bed, provides access to many natural, historic and scenic resources. The Jackson River, running adjacent to the Trail, contributes a distinct and scenic landscape feature, while providing a natural habitat for reproducing wild trout. The first seven miles is now open to the public for those who enjoy hiking, biking, and nature walks.

Alleghany Highlands YMCA

The YMCA is a “Christian Association.” It is not a church… not a religion. YMCA’s inquire little about who you are and what you are, but much about what you wish to become. It is a grouping of persons, of all ages, who desire to improve themselves, and their world, by doing things in an atmosphere which reflects the very best Judeo-Christian traditions. YMCA programs and membership are affordable to the entire community. For more information please call (540) 962-YMCA.

The Homestead

This resort offers vacation packages, shopping, fine dining, three 18-hole golf courses and one of the finest ski runs in the entire South. Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 (800) 336-5771


Links courtesy of The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce