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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Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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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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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

Happy Holidays from our board, staff, and the volunteers who make it all possible. Click here to see our holiday card for you and watch us dance dance dance!

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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RiverLink Gifts for Giving!

Giving Tuesday, December 2, 2014 is a global day dedicated to giving back.  During this Holiday Season please remember to give back to your community.  As a Thank you this year RiverLink is excited to offer gift packages for your donations. Our donation gift packages and greenway deeds of support  make great gifts for the […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

RiverLink’s new mobile app for your smartphone will geo-locate you to all the amenities you will need to enjoy the French Broad River watershed. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the iTunes store! Android users can download the app from Google Play. Like the French Broad itself and RiverLink the app is […]

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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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December 19, 2014 Posted by dave

Discover Magazine on A Surfeit of Salamanders: An Imagined Picture Book

If ever there was a scientific study that deserved to be a children’s picture book, this was it. Scientists belly-crawled through the forests of the Ozarks, flipping stones and looking for slimy things that wriggled away from them. They learned that the forest is secretly packed with salamanders in unfathomable numbers, as many as 10 […]

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December 18, 2014 Posted by dave

Foresters look at draft plans for Pisgah National Forest

By Tonya Maxwell Greenville News In a corner of Pisgah National Forest, Kevin Guinn readied his chainsaw to cut wood from a field tangled with logs and heavy branches. The debris left behind by loggers was too small to be profitable but good enough for Guinn to fuel his wood-burning furnace, even if he didn’t […]

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December 17, 2014 Posted by dave

House Spending Bill Blocks US Funding For The UN’s ‘Green Climate Fund’

An “omnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through October 2015 throws up roadblocks for the Obama administration’s climate agenda, namely by blocking taxpayer dollars from going to the United Nations global warming fund. The House’s $1.1 trillion spending bill will prevent President Obama from fulfilling his pledge to give $3 billion to the […]

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Hike with Dave @ RiverLink
Jan 11 @ 8:45 am – 1:00 pm

On Sunday, January 11, RiverLink’s Dave Russell will lead a hiking trip along Shining Creek. The hike will be one hour in to a beautiful waterfall, a half-hour for lunch and chit-chat, then back to the trailhead.

This is a very nice hike in the Shining Creek Wilderness, an in-out route that will also feature the East Fork of the Pigeon River. The group will meet at the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street at 08:45 and leave promptly at 09:00. If all goes according to schedule, we’ll be back at 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP so Dave can work out carpooling — 828-252-8474, ext. 11 or dave@riverlink.org. He’ll bring the old minivan and can take 6 people.

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jan 14 @ 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
Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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

RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jan 15 @ 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.

Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Part of RiverLink’s mission is to stimulate the economic and environmental heath of the French Broad River watershed through arts & crafts, recreation, and health and wellness.  To further that effort, RiverLink and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce a seminar focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of starting a business in the French Broad River Watershed.

Noah Raper from SBTDC will cover the following topics:
– how to assess your business ownership skills
– how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
– the parts of a business plan
– the different types of business formations (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, etc.)
– required licenses
– financing options

Session handouts will include a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide your business planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business.

These sessions are free and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to assure seating. 


Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 10 regional service centers in 16 total offices, five specialty programs, and a strategy and organization development unit. Western North Carolina is served by two offices: one on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and one in downtown Asheville.

Calling all Artists: Learn how to contract with the City of Asheville @ RiverLink Office
Jan 29 @ 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.

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