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.
In 2001, Smith Mill Creek was termed the most polluted creek in Buncombe County, NC based on chemical and macroinvertebrate water quality monitoring conducted by the Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) Program. RiverLink is taking a watershed-wide approach to improving the water quality in Smith Mill Creek (watershed map). In partnership with Wildlands Engineering […]
RiverLink is excited to announce its ninth summer of French Broad RiverCamp, a summer day camp where the French Broad River is the classroom. Rising 3rd – 8th grade campers will explore their watershed through activities like rafting, stream surveys, craft projects, and more! Our goal is for campers to end the week inspired and […]
by Renee Fortner, RiverLink’s Watershed Resources Coordinator For spring break this year, my family joined friends on a five day adventure along the French Broad River Paddle Trail. Created and maintained by RiverLink and Mountain True, the French Broad River Paddle Trail extends 140 miles from the headwaters in Rosman, N.C. to Douglas Lake in […]
Wilma Dykeman warned us all of pollution in the French Broad River in her 1955 book “The French Broad.” It was a clarion call to respect our natural world, and the first case ever made that clean water is good for the economy. Dykeman also pioneered in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights (including […]
May 18 – 6-8 p.m. at the Wedge Foundation – RiverLink Salon Adult Education Series returns with Will Leverette who is the author of “Water Wise: The History of Paddling in WNC” that spans the history of paddling from 1922 to 1980. Will comes from a family of exceptional paddlers. His grandfather, Frank Bell, founded […]
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.
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.
Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must. REGISTER ONLINE
Time and Location
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.