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Environmental Education, River Recreation, Service Learning "Educating and empowering the next generation of watershed stewards" 2016 RiverCamp session dates: 1st Session: June 13 ...

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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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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 live, learn, work 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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The RiverMusic 2016 lineup is here and it kicks!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River. RiverFest, when the zany “yachts” in the Anything That Floats Parade takes to the water, […]

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Please consider making a smart investment in the future of the French Broad River watershed by donating to RiverLink today! For the past 30 years, RiverLink has been the only non profit in our area whose sole mission is dedicated to serving the French Broad River watershed as guardian, promoter and defender. Our past work […]

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2016 Anything That Floats Parade Registration is open!

Get your creative caps on, put together a team, and build your yacht for the 2016 Anything That Floats Parade! Registration is now open for RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade which will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 on the French Broad River in Asheville. You can access the registration form, including payment information, […]

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June 24, 2016 Posted by dave

AC-T: Jackson County land to open for recreation

By Karen Chávez, kchavez@citizen-times.com FRANKLIN – In a rare move, Jackson County commissioners designated a sizeable chunk of change to create new public land for people to hike, hunt and fish. The county recently worked with Mainspring Conservation Trust to allow public access to the “Wood Heirs” property, a 308 acre tract bordered on two sides by the Nantahala National Forest. The […]

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June 23, 2016 Posted by dave

AC-T’s Visiting Our Past: The rise and fall of Morgan’s Mill in Transylvania County

By Rob Neufeld, Visiting Our Past It isn’t true that James Madison “Big Jim” Morgan left his Cherryfield home near Rosman when he was 22 and returned home from the California Gold Rush with $10,000 stuffed in his belt. That’s what Earle Hitch wrote in a 1959 “Transylvania Times” article, having heard it from the son […]

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June 22, 2016 Posted by dave

HTN: Horse Shoe gets river access park on the French Broad

By Lauren Stepp, Times-News correspondent The French Broad’s distinctive horseshoe curvature, caused by a sharp veering east and then northwest, is visible from the McLean Bridge on Brevard Road. Machinery, skeins of construction fencing and gravel piles — the beginnings of what will soon become the Horse Shoe Public Boating Access Park — are also discernable. Located at […]

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Jul
8
Fri
RiverMusic continues July 8 a night of Rock-n-Roll/Soul/Blues @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River.

The first four events — three nights of RiverMusic and RiverFest — will take place at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, located at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10. RiverFest will begin at 1 p.m., about the time the Anything That Floats parade yachts will begin arriving at the river access we built, and go until 7 p.m.

The stage for all of these events will be powered by Sundance Solar again. We’ll also have the trolley service making a circuitous route between the concert venue and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (map). Attendees can also paddle up to the river access we have installed, and there are bike racks available onsite. If you must drive, parking is available on both sides of the event site.

Please don’t bring dogs or food and beverages from outside the venue.

Here’s a look at the RiverMusic schedule:

Friday, July 8, enjoy Rock-n-Roll/Soul/Blues
5:30:  Tim Easton
6:45:  Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:15:  Patrick Sweany

Jul
13
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jul 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.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  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

Jul
15
Fri
30 Years Celebration Salon: French Broad River Paddle Trail @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
30 Years Celebration Salon: French Broad River Paddle Trail @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Throughout 2016, RiverLink will present a series of monthly events showcasing various aspects of RiverLink’s history and contributions to the Asheville and WNC area. RiverLink’s impact on the community is both varied and powerful. From greenway and park creation to cleaner water, economic development, cleaning “dirty dirt” and much more, RiverLink has been on the cusp of the region’s evolution for decades.

The majority of these events will take place the third Friday of each  month at the RiverLink office from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Topics will include The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, Conservation Easements and restoration projects, volunteerism, and more.

Parking is available in the 12Bones parking lot (map).

While these events are free, registration is via email at dave@riverlink.org.

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

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.

Aug
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 10 @ 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

RSVP to attend

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