Clifton Forge VA., The gateway to the Virginia Mountains – Alleghany Highlands:
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in Virginia, and traveling throughout the state during this season can reveal an abundance of color. October heralds the magnificent beauty of the Alleghany Highlands forest and mountains. We welcome you to scenic, busy and friendly Clifton Forge, Virginia to view the splendor of Autumn foliage. Browse through the many exhibits and shows in downtown Clifton Forge during Fall Festival 2021 (OCT 15 – 17) sponsored by the Clifton Forge Shrine Club.
We invite you to Visit CFVA anytime of the year. Enjoy historic downtown, hike or bike one of our local trails, enjoy arts & entertainment at the Historic Masonic Theatre Complex, browse an artisan exhibit at The Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center or The Clifton Forge School of the Arts. Train, railroad and history lovers can visit the C&O Railway Heritage Center. located in the heart of downtown.
Shop downtown at Livy’s Closet or one of the antiques stores. A must visit while in the area is Alleghany’s renown Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery. JMT’s owners, Martha Atherholt and Wendy Hudler did not just design their tavern as a restaurant, but also as a fun gathering place for friends and family of all ages. JMT has a game room featuring pool tables, video games and pinball, as well as 6 large TV’s and a state of the art sound system. We know right?
In addition to JMT, CFVA offers an array of eateries to include; , Bella’s Pizza & Subs, 42 Deli, open in the morning & afternoon is the, The Way & Cafe’Museo. A staple downtown in fine dining is ‘Cafe Michel‘. In addition, at near by Low Moor you will be served a delicious meal at The Cat and Owl Steak & Seafood House.
So, you’re interested in seeing the beauty of Virginia during Fall Foliage season? But you don’t want to fight the traffic of the best-known places, such as Skyline Drive?
Well, you’ve come to the right place, Clifton Forge, VA.
As we move into October, mostly-green trees are glowing with yellow undertones or blushing with pink ones. So far, the effects of extended dry weather have led to dull golds with a few patches of red. Higher mountain areas are showing more reds, from dogwood, sourwood, black gum, and some maples. Mountain color varies greatly, depending on elevation, recent moisture levels, and the direction a slope faces. Drive around the areas above 3000 feet to encounter a few spots with 50% color change.
Let the Virginia Department of Forestry keep you up to date with Weekly Fall Foliage Reports.
The edges of roadways are some of the best viewing spots for fall color. Hiking one of CFVA’s community trails or visiting near by Douthat State Park will allow you get a close up view. Sumac, which goes unnoticed for much of the year, is striking with its glowing red leaves and deep red fruit clusters. Virginia creeper and poison ivy vines add touches of red to scattered tree trunks. Roadside wildflowers are still dominated by shades of yellow and gold, complemented by purple asters.
As you enjoy the outdoors and Virginia’s forests, remember to be careful with outdoor fire. A cigarette, campfire or cooking equipment can destroy the scenic wonders of Fall in Virginia.