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

Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal Workday @ John B. Lewis Soccer Fields
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We have been working hard over the past few seasons to clear invasive plants from this area of Azalea Park and we have almost succeeded! Come out to help us dig and cut out the regrowth of kudzu and other invasives so that we can begin planning to turn this area into a lovely spot to relax by the Swannanoa River.

RiverLink will provide all tools and gloves necessary, but please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty as well as sturdy shoes and bring water and sunscreen.

We will meet in the soccer field parking lots- look out for the RiverLink truck!

Register below:

WaterRICH Rain Barrel Workshop @ Mellie Mac's Garden Shack
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Please join us for one of our WaterRICH Rain Barrel Workshops! First, we will learn a bit about stormwater in Western North Carolina and how we can use rain barrels for the home. Then, each registrant will outfit their own 55-gallon rain barrel to install at home.

Finally, take a stroll around Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack for some garden goodies. Each registrant will receive a 30% off coupon for one regular-priced item!

Space is limited, so please register below!

RiverMusic with The Mattson 2 @ New Belgium Brewing
Jul 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Over the years RiverMusic and RiverFest have brought thousands of people down to the banks of the French Broad River to enjoy live music, local beer, food, and sunsets over the third oldest river in the world. The proceeds from the events go to support our on the ground work throughout the community. RiverMusic and RiverFest are presented in partnership by RiverLink, New Belgium Brewing, and 98.1 The River with special thanks to Stage Sponsor Prestige Subaru.

We’re excited to welcome The Mattson 2, Super Doppler, & Dyado to this event!