Along the French Broad’s 219 miles is a variety of experiences for people of all ages. RiverLink showcases many of ...

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Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 9, 2014, we will mark ...

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Success Stories

Success Stories

In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects ...

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Our Mission

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to work, live and play.

RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, greenway development,  creating public no-fee, no-reservation overnight camping  sites along the river,  adaptive reuse of historic  structures,  educating  5,000 students  K-12  annually as well as the public-at-large about  the French Broad River watersheds’ importance  and empowering over 1,700 volunteers each year.

RiverLink was established in 1987 and is the only French Broad River watershed  non-profit exclusively focused on the French Broad River.

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RiverMusic 2015 is only 8 months away!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — will return for a fourth year in 2015. Once again, RiverLink will huddle with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your iDevices

RiverLink’s new mobile app for your smartphone will geo-locate you to all the amenities you will need to enjoy the French Broad River watershed. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the iTunes store! Android users can download the app from Google Play. Like the French Broad itself and RiverLink the app is […]

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Check out the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade — now with video!

In case you missed it, the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade was Saturday, August 9, and it was a smashing success. Thirty-one wild and wacky rafts registered, and a good time was had by all. Some photo galleries are below. The Citizen-Times has video The Citizen-Times was so enthralled they also took pics Mountain Xpress […]

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September 16, 2014 Posted by dave

Volunteers Needed for October 3rd to Work With Owen High School Students

On October 3rd RiverLink will be leading a field trip with Owen High School students to investigate the water quality of the Swannanoa River. We will be using chemical tests to look at the pH, nitrate, and phosphates in the river. We will also be looking for macro-invertebrates in the water to determine the health […]

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September 15, 2014 Posted by dave

The lure of the Roanoke

Paddling/camping on the river can be a joy Seventeen rivers flow through North Carolina, and while each has its unique characteristics and attractions, for a paddler, the Roanoke has to be near the top of the list. The Roanoke is 410 miles long, with its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. But from […]

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September 14, 2014 Posted by dave

Let the River Run Wild

IF the Chesapeake Bay is America’s Estuary, then its largest tributary, the Susquehanna River, could arguably be called America’s River. But we certainly don’t treat it as a national treasure: This once magnificent watercourse, which runs through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland toward the coast, is today an ecological disaster — largely thanks to four […]

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September – October 2014

Starting a Better Business Seminar @ RiverLink office
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As part of RiverLink’s mission to stimulate the economic well-being of the French Broad River watershed through arts and crafts, recreation, and health and wellness (as outlined in the popular Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan), RiverLink, the A-B Tech Small Business Center, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce two upcoming sessions focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and teaching the nuts and bolts of starting a small business.

“Starting a Better Business” sessions will be held  Tuesday, September 16th both from 10:00-12:00, at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios at 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Sep 18 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 pm

If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future.

Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink and witness their magic firsthand. This is an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers a better place to work, live and play. You will also learn some local history and visit some streets and neighborhoods you have never seen before.

Fall Planting Discussion with Bill Jones @ RiverLink Office
Sep 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RiverLink is pleased to announce another Friday afternoon salon talk featuring Bill Jones, founder and President of Carolina Native Nursery, L.L.C. Bill will share his expertise from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District.
“Fall is the best time to native plant trees and shrubs,” Bill reports. “We will review a list of native trees and shrubs that you will be able to locate regionally. We will also review some online resources regarding native landscape design, as well as plants to attract butterflies and birds. We will end with as discussion on proper planting and care techniques to help insure your plants thrive.”
The Friday Salon series is free and open to the public. However, space is limited for these talks. Please reserve your space by clicking here. 


Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join RiverLink and City of Asheville Economic Development Specialist Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city.

We are pleased to offer these special  two hour interactive information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12  on September 25 Future dates: October 29, November 17 and January 29.  Reservations are a must so make your by calling RiverLink at 828-252-8474, ext 10.

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be light snacks and beverages. The information session will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

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