Experience

Experience

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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RiverFest

RiverFest

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

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 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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RiverMusic rocks-n-rolls on with two more dates in 2015

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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Check out this video of Anything That Floats/RiverFest!

Katie Brugger, a RiverLink friend, was kind enough to apply her professional touch to this video of RiverFest/Anything That Floats on Saturday, August 8. Take a look and you can see that everyone was having a great time. You’ll want to come out next August 13 when we do it again!  

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JOIN US OCT. 15 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, including John Mac Kah, Robert Johnson, John Dempsey, Roger Nelson, Deborah Squier, Skip Rohde, Bryan Koontz, Forrest Hogestad, Luke Allsbrook, Alisa Lumbreras, and more! A full list of the […]

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September 2, 2015 Posted by dave

50 Fascinating Facts About Our Oceans [Infographic]

The team at Dive.in put together this ambitious infographic, culling 50 interesting facts about our oceans from the NOAA, NASA, National Geographic and more (you can see all of the sources here) Check out the image below and hopefully you learn something new about our incredible oceans, which cover rougly 71% of our planet’s surface! [via Divein.com]  

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September 1, 2015 Posted by dave

Take the AC-T’s French Broad River Quiz

The French Broad River occupies a prominent place in the Western North Carolina landscape. How much do you know about the river? Take our quiz and compare your results. Score 8 of 8 to win fabulous prizes (not really).

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August 31, 2015 Posted by dave

AC-T: Bywater not closing, owners say

By Emily Patrick, epatrick@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – The Bywater, a popular bar on Riverside Drive, is not closing, according to Cate Battles, who does marketing and PR for the space her husband co-owns. “All I do want to say is The Bywater’s not going anywhere,” she said. “I really can’t comment on anything going on.” On Wednesday, […]

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Sep
4
Fri
Salon Series with NC ALE representative @ RiverLink office
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RiverLink’s Fall Salon Series begins Sept. 4
ASHEVILLE, NC – WNC is home to an increasing number of craft brewers and an ever-expanding number of events that use local beer to support non-profits. Join RiverLink on Friday, September 4, 2015 at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios at 3 p.m. for a presentation and question and answer session by Special Agent Stacy Cox of the Western District Alcohol Law Enforcement, a division of the NC Department of Public safety.
This seminar should prove interesting and enlightening to local brewers and anyone who sells or serves alcohol. Not knowing and following the rules can lead to litigation, embarrassment and suspension of permits for future fundraising events.Agent Cox is a native of New York who has worked in North Carolina for most of her professional career.

The event is free, but registration is a must and is available by clicking here.
Sep
9
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 9 @ 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
Sep 9 @ 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

Sep
10
Thu
Wilma Dykeman Book Club Monthly Discussion @ Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

“Who Killed the French Broad” Discussion led by Karen Cragnolin, Executive Director, RiverLink

Now is the perfect opportunity to dip into the work of Wilma Dykeman by reading excerpts from her book The French Broad. A monthly Wilma Dykeman Book Club, sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will meet at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. Each month, a different local authority will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected chapter from The French Broad. The Wilma Dykeman Book Club meetings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 5:45. You don’t have to attend all club meetings to be a member. Just read the selected chapter, show up at the corresponding meeting, and be prepared for an informative and provocative conversation.

Sep
11
Fri
RiverMusic continues with Nora Jane Struthers @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, features Nora Jane Struthers, Sweet Leda and Megan Jean & The KFB. 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).

Our final date will be October 9.

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:

 

Nora Jane Struthers
Sweet Leda
Megan Jean & The KFB

Sep
17
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Sep 17 @ 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.

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