This article is about the incorporated town of Clifton. For surrounding areas, see the article on Fairfax County, Virginia
Clifton is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States located 25.74 miles (41.42 km) away from Washington, D.C. In 2010, the population was 282.
Before the arrival of European settlers, the present-day Clifton area was part of hunting grounds used by Algonkian, Powhatan, and Dogue tribes. Tribal lands were scattered from Clifton to the nearby Occoquan, Virginia river. The area was a flood plain at the time, unlike the forested terrain that currently surrounds Clifton.