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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There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 8, 2015, 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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RiverLink Seeks Land Trust Accreditation

In 2015, we are submitting our application to become an Accredited Land Trust. RiverLink has worked to revitalize and protect the French Broad River and its watershed the past 28 years utilizing conservation and recreation (along with other important tools) easements to protect water quality, wildlife, and preserve natural history. Becoming an Accredited Land Trust […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

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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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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March 5, 2015 Posted by dave

Map: These will be Europe’s most polluted cities by 2030

Rick Noack - Washington Post When Europeans talk about air pollution, they often think of India or China, but rarely consider their own continent to be at risk. And while levels of air pollution have decreased throughout Europe over the past decades, a new study by Austrian scientists concludes that smog is far from being defeated on the continent. Scientists with the International Institute for Applied Systems […]

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March 4, 2015 Posted by dave

Sweetgum (What Time is it in Nature)

Chris Goforth NC Museum of Natural Sciences This week’s What Time is it in Nature is brought to you by Jacqueline Hogg, intern for the Museum’s Naturalist Center.  Jacqueline is a student at Salem College and is double majoring in Environmental Studies Conservation Ecology and Music Vocal Performance.  She thinks the Museum’s vast array of knowledge, […]

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March 3, 2015 Posted by dave

Every Kid in a Park

National Park Foundation Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, […]

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Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About? @ RiverLink
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join RiverLink’s executive director Karen Cragnolin and Jim Stokeley, Wilma Dykeman’s son and Chairman of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy Board of Directors, for an informative presentation on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

Karen and Jim are teaming up to present: Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About?

RiverLink raised $250,000 to develop  four consensus plans: transportation, economic development, landscape and architectural for the rebirth of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone would be welcomed to live, work and play.  The resulting Wilma Dykeman RiverWay plan consolidated 20 years of previous planning that RiverLink had initiated into a comprehensive plan designed to promote and protect the French Broad River, conserve land, control storm water and attract mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal development.

Reservations are a must as seating is limited so call 828-252-8474, ext. 10 or even better, email melinda@riverlink.org to make your reservation today.

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Mar 11 @ 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.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
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Wednesday Workday March 11
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and to help keep the French Broad River clean! WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program. We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting and also storm drain marking.

On March 11, we will focus on cleaning up the Swannanoa River Greenway and will meet at the entrance to the greenway at 1pm.

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 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

Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Part of RiverLink’s mission is to stimulate the economic and environmental heath of the French Broad River watershed through arts & crafts, recreation, and health and wellness.  To further that effort, RiverLink and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce a seminar focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of starting a business in the French Broad River Watershed.

Noah Raper from SBTDC will cover the following topics:
– how to assess your business ownership skills
– how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
– the parts of a business plan
– the different types of business formations (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, etc.)
– required licenses
– financing options

Session handouts will include a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide your business planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business.

These sessions are free and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to assure seating. 


Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 10 regional service centers in 16 total offices, five specialty programs, and a strategy and organization development unit. Western North Carolina is served by two offices: one on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and one in downtown Asheville.

RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Mar 19 @ 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.

Available Seats:
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.

Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Time and Location

  • Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue (directions)  in the third level of the parking lot down the hill from the Chamber building.
  • Plan to arrive by 11:45 as the tour starts promptly at noon. The bus will return you to the Chamber at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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