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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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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August 22, 2014 Posted by dave

Learn how artists can become city art contractors, Aug. 26, Sept. 25, Oct. 29

Join RiverLink and 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 FREE  information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12. The next program will be held on August 26, with subsequent […]

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August 21, 2014 Posted by dave

Peak Water, Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens

This whole article is great, but the part about water is really interesting: We know water is essential for the survival of all life – but it’s not just about drinking water. Seventy percent of world’s freshwater use is for irrigation. While each person drinks an average of one liter of water daily, it takes […]

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August 20, 2014 Posted by dave

N&O: NC environment commission slams DENR over stream rules

RALEIGH — Members of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission scolded the state’s environmental regulatory agency on Thursday for privately rewriting new stream protection rules that the commission had approved last year after a lengthy process. “That cannot happen again,” said commission Chairman Benne Hutson, an attorney from Charlotte. “We need to know what’s going on, and […]

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August – September 2014

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!

Sep
6
Sat
Big Sweep North Carolina @ Zen Tubing
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On Sept. 6, RiverLink will be working with a host of partners on Big Sweep, the region’s largest river, stream and roadside cleanup! RiverLink and our partners will provide dozens of boats, but we encourage you to bring out your own boat. We will be taking on 20-plus miles of river in teams, then meeting back up at Zen Tubing for a Sierra Nevada Brewing sponsored after-party!
Click here to sign up!

We’re meeting up 10 a.m. at Zen Tubing’s Brevard Road location (map). Zen Tubing and Asheville Outdoor Center will be providing van transportation to your put in locations.

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (cleanup) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (after party) Event meetup and after party location: Zen Tubing 1648 Brevard Road Asheville, NC 28806 (map again).

Wear swimsuits with shorts, river sandals, old tennis shoes (no flip flops) Bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a change of clothes for the after party.

*If you have a truck, please consider helping out with the Road Crew.

*Must be over 18 to volunteer unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sep
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 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

Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 10 @ 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

Sep
12
Fri
RiverLink’s RiverMUSIC @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Sep 12 @ 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.

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