Our Mission

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place 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 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.

Partnering Businesses and Organizations

Upcoming Events

3/20 Dingle Creek Cleanup @ Green Sage Cafe South
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Help us clean up a section of Dingle Creek, one of the tributaries of the French Broad River! We will be removing trash and a few invasive plants along the streambank of Dingle Creek between Sweeten Creek and Hendersonville Roads. All supplies will be provided, including waders for those interested, but please wear closed-toe water shoes.


We will meet in the parking lot of Green Sage Cafe South at 1800 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.


Tuesday, March 2oth from 2-4 PM

3/27 Non-native Invasive Removal @ Azalea Park/ John B. Lewis Soccer Complex
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We have made incredible progress removing invasive plants on our conservation easement at Azalea Park- a lovely spot right by the Swannanoa River. However, as the growing season begins these plants are making their comeback. Let’s get out there and remove these invasives so we can get closer to planting native vegetation in this area!

RiverLink will provide all tools and instruction. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.


Summy Cove Hike @ First Meeting Spot: Toys"R"Us
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Hike 5.4, Drive 110, 1150 ft. ascent, Rated C-B , P400,WC100
Marcia Bromberg, 828-505-0471, cell 860-798-9905mwbromberg@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: Toys-R-Us on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets at 10 a.m.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 10:30 AM 

This joint hike with Riverlink goes to the source of the North Fork of the French Broad River. After the hike there may be an opportunity to stop for a beer at one of the breweries along the drive. Hike starts at the Summey Cove trailhead on NC 215 above Balsam Grove and follows this trail 2.2 miles to its end at FS 140, with a side trip down and back to Courthouse Falls. We may also extend the hike a little upriver from the falls. We’ll head downhill on FS 140 for 3.1 miles to its termination at NC 215. Short car shuttle. | Topo(s): Sam Knob, Lake Toxaway; also NatGeo map #780   

This is a collaboration between RiverLink and the Carolina Mountain Club.  RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.  The mission of the Carolina Mountain Club is to encourage and support hiking in the Western North Carolina Mountains.