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

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 9, 2014, 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 — two more hot dates!

RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returns for a third year in 2014. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your iDevices

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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Check out the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade — now with video!

In case you missed it, the 2014 Anything That Floats Parade was Saturday, August 9, and it was a smashing success. Thirty-one wild and wacky rafts registered, and a good time was had by all. Some photo galleries are below. The Citizen-Times has video The Citizen-Times was so enthralled they also took pics Mountain Xpress […]

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August 27, 2014 Posted by dave

Groundwater depletion causing California to gain elevation

The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average, has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, according to a new study. The situation was even worse in the snow-starved mountains of California, where the Earth rose up to 0.6 inches. Researchers […]

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August 26, 2014 Posted by dave

Bicycle and Pedestrian task force meeting and other notes from Barb Mee

This is a reminder of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Meeting this Thursday, August 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room (room 402), 100 Court Plaza, downtown.  All are welcome.  If you drive, there is parking available on the street (meters must be fed until 6 p.m.), or in […]

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August 25, 2014 Posted by dave

Mt. Airy: Additional $300,000 needed for greenway work

A greenway connector in Mount Airy which officials already have said could cost up to $4.5 million apparently will have an even higher price tag due to related stream stabilization. The city board of commissioners is expected to vote at a meeting tonight to state the need for an additional $300,000 in funding for the […]

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Sep
6
Sat
Big Sweep North Carolina @ Zen Tubing
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On Sept. 6, RiverLink will be working with a host of partners on Big Sweep, the region’s largest river, stream and roadside cleanup! RiverLink and our partners will provide dozens of boats, but we encourage you to bring out your own boat. We will be taking on 20-plus miles of river in teams, then meeting back up at Zen Tubing for a Sierra Nevada Brewing sponsored after-party!
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We’re meeting up 10 a.m. at Zen Tubing’s Brevard Road location (map). Zen Tubing and Asheville Outdoor Center will be providing van transportation to your put in locations.

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (cleanup) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (after party) Event meetup and after party location: Zen Tubing 1648 Brevard Road Asheville, NC 28806 (map again).

Wear swimsuits with shorts, river sandals, old tennis shoes (no flip flops) Bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a change of clothes for the after party.

*If you have a truck, please consider helping out with the Road Crew.

*Must be over 18 to volunteer unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sep
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 10 @ 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
Sep 10 @ 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

Sep
12
Fri
RiverLink’s RiverMUSIC @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Sep 12 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RiverLink's RiverMUSIC @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returns for a third year in 2014. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites.

Gates for all events open at 5:00 p.m. and the party goes until 10. There will be beer from local craft brewers, food trucks, live music from local and national acts, and the waters of the beautiful French Broad flowing right by the stage.

Sep
16
Tue
Starting a Better Business Seminar @ RiverLink office
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

As part of RiverLink’s mission to stimulate the economic well-being of the French Broad River watershed through arts and crafts, recreation, and health and wellness (as outlined in the popular Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan), RiverLink, the A-B Tech Small Business Center, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce two upcoming sessions focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and teaching the nuts and bolts of starting a small business.

“Starting a Better Business” sessions will be held  Tuesday, September 16th both from 10:00-12:00, at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios at 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

Sep
18
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Sep 18 @ 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.

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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