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

Guided Canoe Trip- Birds of the French Broad River @ Island Ford River Access
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Guided Canoe Trip- Birds of the French Broad River @ Island Ford River Access | Brevard | North Carolina | United States

The French Broad River is an important migratory bird corridor. This 9-mile canoe trip will focus on the many birds which frequent the river.  The guide will be Marianne Mooney, a lifelong birder and board member of Asheville’s Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society.

Trip length is approximately 4.5 hours, starting at Champion Park in Rosman, NC and ending at Island Ford Access in Brevard.

Cost: $25/person, includes all gear (canoe, paddles, life jacket) and shuttle provided by Headwaters Outfitters.  Lunch not provided. Registration: Limited to 12 people.  Kids are welcome.  Each canoe must have an adult 18+ that is an experienced paddler.

Bacoate Branch Cleanup Part 2! @ 14 Bird Dog Way
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come help us clean up a section of Bacoate Branch! We will begin our cleanup behind the home at 14 Bird Dog Way and continue until we reach the Grey Eagle area. We will be removing trash as well as clearing some falling logs.

RiverLink will provide all tools and gloves needed but please come prepared by wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and wet, as well as closed toed shoes you can wear in the stream. Bring water and sunscreen!

Please Park along Clingman Ave. and then walk down Bird Dog Way- we’ll meet at the end of this short lane!


RiverMusic with Tony Furtado @ New Belgium Brewing
Jun 8 @ 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 Tony Furtado, Elonzo Wesley, & The Saylor Brothers to this event!