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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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French Broad Paddle Trail Map

French Broad Paddle Trail Map

Utilize our paddle trail map to plan your paddle trip.

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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 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 no-fee,  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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Tickets are on sale now for a special benefit art event — “OF TIME AND THE RIVER”

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL BENEFIT ART EVENT — “OF TIME AND THE RIVER” Artists interpret the French  Broad through drawing and painting, much of it from direct observation. RiverLink invites you to a showing of this artistic inspiration and exclusive sale of the works. Featuring the work of area artists John Mac Kah, Christine Enochs, […]

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Don’t Throw Away That Old Phone! Recycle it with RiverLink

Electronic waste, known as e-waste, is a growing problem. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates American consumers discarded 2.37 million tons of e-waste in 2009. That number has only continued to grow as more people have smart phones and tablets. The chemicals from this e-waste can leach into groundwater. Recycling cell phones has other benefits besides […]

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Help us Name That Creek in Kenilworth!

We feel certain that a creek with a name is more likely to be loved and cared for than an anonymous stream, so we have implemented the Name That Creek program to involve locals in naming the streams that flow through their communities.

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September 26, 2016 Posted by dave

AC-T: Buncombe telling Congress to create wilderness at Big Ivy

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@citizen-times.com The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has unanimously moved to protect thousands of acres of forest north of Asheville, but the ultimate power to protect the land rests with Congress. The advocacy group Friends of Big Ivy mobilized dozens of people to speak at a regularly scheduled meeting of the board Tuesday. Presenters spoke about […]

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September 25, 2016 Posted by dave

WLOS: Local athlete launches French Broad River Half Marathon

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Former Mars Hill University Cross Country and Track & Field athlete, Justin Gragg is living his dream and bringing a new area marathon, just in time for the fall leaf season. The inaugural French Broad River Half Marathon is scheduled to take place October 22, 2016, in Marshall and will […]

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September 24, 2016 Posted by dave

NPR: The Oyster’s Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner U.S. Waterways

The farm-to-table movement has caused oyster farming on the East Coast to double in the past six years, and the industry has shown no signs of slowing. But not only is the mollusk’s mighty comeback good for consumers and fishermen — it’s also good for waterways. Jimmy Parks, longtime chef and owner of the Butcher […]

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September – October 2016

Sep
30
Fri
Swannanoa Riverside Trail Restoration @ Azalea Park
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Riverside Trail Restoration @ Azalea Park  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

On Friday Sept. 30th from 1pm – 4pm we’ll be working on the trails and surrounding areas near the swimming holes at Azalea Park. Tasks include trash pickup, weed whacking, and invasive species removal. We will meet up in the dirt parking lot between the soccer fields and the dog park, the closest address is 401 Azalea Rd. East Asheville, NC 28805. we recommend wearing long pants and clothes you can get dirty. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen, bug repellent, and water. As always RiverLink will provide all of the tools, gloves, and other supplies required for this workday.

Sign up for this workday here! 

We hope to see you out there, and thanks for being a voice of the river!

Oct
7
Fri
RiverMusic continues October 7 with a big night — Blitzen Trapper @ CarrierPark
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

October 7 brings an eclectic evening of music to the Prestige Subaru stage. 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 October 7 event features two local bands — The Get Right Band and The Broadcast — and our headliners Blitzen Trapper.

RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10.

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, and there are bike racks available onsite.

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

Here’s a look at that night’s schedule:

Friday, October 7 is all Bluegrass
5:30:  Get Right Band
6:45:  The Broadcast
8:00:  Blitzen Trapper

Oct
12
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 12 @ 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

Oct
20
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Oct 20 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 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 2:30 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.

Oct
21
Fri
Of Time and the River Art Benefit opening gala @ Zealandia Castle
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Of Time and the River Art Benefit opening gala @ Zealandia Castle | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL BENEFIT ART EVENT — “OF TIME AND THE RIVER”

Artists interpret the French  Broad through drawing and painting, much of it from direct observation. RiverLink invites you to a showing of this artistic inspiration and exclusive sale of the works. Featuring the work of area artists John Mac Kah, Christine Enochs, Paul Blankinship, Dana Irwin, Jason Rafferty, Mark Henry, Bryan Koontz, Tony Corbitt Jr., Caleb Clark, Matthew Good, Deborah Squier, Skip Rohde, Alisa Lumbreras, Cecil Bothwell, Colleen Webster, Brennen McElhaney, Rachel Clearfield, Ben Long, Carol Parks, and Peter Loewer.

More information on the art can be found at the event website.

Both the event and its title are inspired by Thomas Wolfe’s 1935 fictionalized autobiography that examines the the passing of time and the evolution of the creative process. It’s that theme, says RiverLink founder Karen Cragnolin, that closely parallels the recovery and growth of the French Broad alongside Asheville’s arts scene.

The art will hang at Zealandia and be open for viewing and purchasing the following Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.

 

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