Experience

Experience

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

Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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RiverFest

RiverFest

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 — two more hot dates!

RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returns for a third year in 2014. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza […]

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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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Register now for the Anything that Floats Parade

What is the Anything That Floats Parade? Anything That Floats Parade is a fun and wacky event held in conjunction with RiverFest, on Saturday, August 9,  2014 on the French Broad River. Anyone can enter.  Just put together a raft using any materials that can float on the French Broad River. Judging will be in […]

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July 29, 2014 Posted by dave

Mountain Xpress: What can you do to tackle local water issues?

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Thad Eckard What is in Asheville’s water? Are we going to lose control of it? And how can we plan for drought? Asheville water experts will answer those questions and more during a forum at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce building, Thursday, July 31, from 6-9 p.m. Representatives from […]

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July 28, 2014 Posted by dave

Visiting the Past from the AC-T

This is an interesting writeup from the AC-T’s Rob Neufeld. Visiting Our Past: Western NC’s trees fell 1st in 1883 When Charles Sargent, Harvard’s famed botanist, presented America’s first forest census to Congress in 1883, he stated that the mountains of North Carolina were “still everywhere covered with dense forests of the most valuable hardwood […]

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July 26, 2014 Posted by dave

Asheville’s Ashley to head up new running store in RAD

From Karen Chavez of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Randy Ashley is a man with a one-track mind. It’s all about running, all the time. So when one running plan, doesn’t work out, Ashley goes after another. This time, the two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, now age 48, thinks he has hit gold. Ashley will be the […]

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Aug
9
Sat
15th Annual RiverFest @ French Broad River Park
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
15th Annual RiverFest @ French Broad River Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year.

This is a family-friendly event and RiverFest offers lots of fun for kids: face-painters, art supplies, hula-hooping, craft booths, and puppies from Brother Wolf. Kids can ride, skate, walk, run, and skip in costume in the Kids Parade, which always kicks off the festivities at 1:00 p.m.

It wouldn’t be summer without the Anything that Floats Parade. Participants construct vessels out of anything that floats and parade them by the festival grounds. The only rules are they must float and must be powered by wind, solar or herculean human strength — no motors allowed — and be removed from the grounds upon completion of the race.

Aug
13
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 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.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
RSVP to attend

Aug
21
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Aug 21 @ 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.

Aug
26
Tue
Calling All Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Aug 26 @ 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 August 26. Future dates: September 25, October 29, November 17 and January 29. Reservations are a must so make your by calling RiverLink at 828-252-8474, ext 10.

Aug
29
Fri
RiverLink’s RiverMUSIC @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RiverLink's RiverMUSIC @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returns for a third year in 2014. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites.

Gates for all events open at 5:00 p.m. and the party goes until 10. There will be beer from local craft brewers, food trucks, live music from local and national acts, and the waters of the beautiful French Broad flowing right by the stage.

Volunteers Needed!

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