Experience

Experience

Along the French Broad’s 219 miles is a variety of experiences for people of all ages. RiverLink showcases many of ...

Read More

Interactive Map

Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

Read More

RiverFest

RiverFest

There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 8, 2015, we will mark ...

Read More

Success Stories

Success Stories

In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects ...

Read More

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.

Get Involved

Acknowledgements

Download our App

iTunes

Android

Get Inspired

RMrectanglefront1

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 […]

Read more »

almosttherefront2

SO CLOSE TO THE GOAL – Invest in the French Broad TODAY

Help RiverLink reach its annual fund goal by contributing NOW before June 30, 2015. We only need $4,250  to reach our $200,000 goal. We want to take this opportunity to say MANY THANKS to the hundreds who have already contributed. Click here to make a donation. Or use snail mail and send your gift to […]

Read more »

IMG_0122front3

Sign up now for the Anything That Floats Parade!

What is the Anything That Floats Parade? Anything That Floats Parade is a fun and wacky event held in conjunction with RiverFest, on Saturday, August 8,  2015 on the French Broad River. Anyone can enter.  Just put together a raft using any materials that can float on the French Broad River. Judging will be in […]

Read more »

Latest Blog Posts - RiverWhisperer | View All

California Drought Flawed Water System Photo Gallery
June 29, 2015 Posted by dave

NYT: Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground

By ERICA GOODE of the New York Times. BYRON, Calif. — Fighting over water is a tradition in California, but nowhere are the lines of dispute more sharply drawn than here in theSacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that is the hub of the state’s water system. Giant pumps pull in water flowing […]

Read More »

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
June 28, 2015 Posted by dave

WLOS: Increase in French Broad Visitors Brings Increase in Trash

Watch the video and read the story. BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — As our heat wave brings more people to the French Broad River, there is a rising concern more trash will follow. News 13 found several cups, bottles and other trash along the river bank on Monday. Dave Russell from River Link says the number […]

Read More »

Muddy tractor tracks.
June 26, 2015 Posted by dave

Airport storm runoff again blocks road to brewery

By Bill Moss of the Hendersonville Lightning. Published June 23, 2015 MILLS RIVER — A thunderstorm that dumped more than 2 inches of rain in 30 minutes at the Asheville Regional Airport caused stormwater runoff to flow from the airport site and cross Ferncliff Park Drive on Monday afternoon. The silt-laden runoff from the airport […]

Read More »

Next Events | View All

Jul
8
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jul 8 @ 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
Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 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

Jul
10
Fri
RiverMusic continues with The Hackensaw Boys @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Jul 10 @ 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 and, our third show of the series features The Hackensaw Boys, The Jon Stickley Trio and Grits & Soul. 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 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:

Hackensaw Boys
Jon Stickley Trio
Grits & Soul

Jul
16
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jul 16 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 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 2:00 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.

Jul
23
Thu
Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Jul 23 @ 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 January 29.

Reservations are a must so make your by calling RiverLink at 828-252-8474, ext 10.

Aug
12
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 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
RSVP to attend

Get to know your watershed

Explore | View All

Water Quality

Recreation

Entertainment

Buy/Support

River Facts | View All

“The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world.”

Blue Ridge Heritage National Heritage Area