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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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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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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The RiverMusic 2015 lineup is set — and it kicks!

RiverLink’s RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — will return for a fourth year in 2015. Once again, RiverLink huddled with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture […]

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Sign up now for RiverCamp!

FRENCH BROAD RIVER CAMPS The goal of the French Broad River Camps is to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. The River Camps will provide the opportunity for rising 3rd-8th grade students to spend a week of their summer exploring the river and its watershed. The curriculum will include hands-on environmental education, […]

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Apply for an AmeriCorps Project Conserve position with RiverLink

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is a national service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving Western North Carolina for an 11-month service term.  Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service. RiverLink hosts two AmeriCorps members per year. Please follow the links below to […]

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April 19, 2015 Posted by dave

California’s Drought Grabs Headlines, But Other States Face Water Woes Too

Good piece from the website of the Pew Charitable Trusts. With all the attention focused on California’s water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State’s drought is the exception. It isn’t. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency. […]

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April 18, 2015 Posted by dave

Headwaters Outfitters To Host Upper French Broad River Clean-up May 16 – Rosman NC

From the Transylvania Times. The French Broad River Clean-up remains the best volunteer gig in town with a free canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags one can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean-up Day” in 1992, the annual river clean-up has netted more than […]

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April 17, 2015 Posted by dave

9 Top River Trips For Wildlife

Erin Singer McCombs American Rivers My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins. Rivers such as the Little Tennessee flow into the Mississippi River and ultimately […]

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Wednesday Workday April 22 – Time Change this week only 11am-3pm @ Pritchard Park
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 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 April 22, we will meet at Pritchard Park at 11am.  We will be joining the Asheville Downtown Association for their Earth Day cleanup! here is a link to the Asheville Earth Day Facebook page:

We will be picking up trash before it ends up in the Frnech Broad River!

Click here to register

Salon Series — Birds! @ RiverLink office
Apr 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This year’s Riverlink Spring Salon Series will celebrate the natural wonders of springtime in the mountains. The Southern Appalachians are renowned for their biodiversity, featuring more distinct ecological niches than almost anywhere else in the U.S. From high peaks of conifer forests, rhododendron and grassy balds to lower elevation hardwood forests with streams, waterfalls, and rock outcrops, the variety of natural communities is astounding.

All of these events are from 3 – 5 p.m. at the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District (map).

The final date of our Spring Salon Series, April 24, will be devoted to discovering the many colorful birds found in our region with local birding expert Emilie Travis. There will also be a guided bird walk the Saturday after this event. Sign up by clicking here.

The series is free but reservations are a must, as space is limited.Please do not park at the of the studios on Riverside Drive when attending these events. Parking is available in the green lot between Curve Studios and Jean Webb Park. Contact Melinda Lequin at 828-252-8474, ext. 10 with questions.

Children’s Earth Day Celebration @ RiverLInk Performance Plaza
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Earth Week is an annual reminder to appreciate the bounty of our Planet Earth.  Come celebrate with RiverLink at our EARTH DAY CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION.  Enjoy an afternoon filled with a blow up bounce house, exciting crafts, educational lessons, games, face painting, food and fun!   We will also be collecting and recycling used computers, keyboards, cords, cables and cell phones during the event.

A great big thank you to FLS Energy for making this day possible!


Minority Business Seminar @ RiverLink Office
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Riverlink and Brenda Mills as they team up once again to provide a 2-hour session for minority and women businesses or those who are considering a business to learn more about public contracting, getting registered and marketing their businesses.  This special interactive session at Riverlink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10-12 on April 30, will contain an overview of the City’s contracting and purchasing process, provide information on businesses getting registered as minority and women owned as well as how to find out more about contracting and purchasing opportunities.  Subsequent programs will be held on June 23, August 25, October 27, December 8.  Reservations are a must so make yours by calling RiverLink at (828) 252-8474, ext. 10, or better yet, by emailing melinda@riverlink.org.

RiverMusic kicks off with The Movement @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, returns for a fourth year in 2015, kicking off with The Movement, Satta Roots and Franklin’s Kite. Once a month over the Summer we’ll offer a mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District (map).

Future dates will be the second Friday of each month — June 12, July 10, September 11 and October 9. RiverFest, featuring the fabulous Anything-That-Floats Parade, will be on the second Saturday of August — August 8.

Gates open at 5. The music starts at 5:30, with our second band at 6:45 and our headliner at 8:15.

Mark your calendars now to come hang out (and volunteer!) at RiverMusic and RiverFest 2015. Check out the bands by clicking on their links below:

The Movement
Satta Roots
Franklin’s Kite

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
May 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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