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

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 one final date in 2015

RiverLink’s RiverMusic — five Friday nights of free (!) live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville — returned 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 and […]

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Help Name That West Asheville Creek!

In an effort to name and protect the nameless tributaries of the French Broad River, RiverLink is holding Name That Creek contests throughout the watershed. These are local, grassroots projects in which the community submits suggestions for creek names and votes for the most fitting name at a creek-naming ceremony. After a name is chosen, […]

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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, Christine Enochs, Paul Blankinship, Mark Henry, Dana Irwin, Nicholas Raynolds, Jason Rafferty, Julyan Davis, Caleb […]

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October 6, 2015 Posted by dave

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force reminder and heaps of info …

The following is an email from Barb Mee, Transportation Planner with the City of Asheville. This is the mid-month reminder of the Asheville Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting on October 22, at 5:30 pm in the Asheville Fire and Rescue Training Room in the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza downtown.  It is […]

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October 5, 2015 Posted by dave

Take this quiz to see how much you know about our water supply and how we use it

We all drink water everyday. But how much do you really know about the water you drink? Take this quick quiz full of interesting water and hydration facts to test your knowledge and learn a few things along the way. Be sure to share your results on Facebook! Click here and give it a shot. […]

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October 4, 2015 Posted by dave

New Belgium to pour beer in February in Asheville

New Belgium Brewing will begin pouring beers at its new West Asheville brewery in February and offer public tours of the site in March, the company has announced. The brewery has set a grand opening date of Aug. 27, company spokeswoman Suzanne Hackett said Wednesday. Testing of the brewing equipment will begin soon with water run […]

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Wednesday Workday @ To Be determined
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’ll keep on working Wednesday afternoon with a variety of projects in mind! Contact Justin at justin@riverlink.org to find out more or watch your inbox for RiverLink volunteer emails!

Oct 8 @ 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.

Duane C. Adams, Associate Director of the Small Business Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 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.

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

“The Chateau and the Boardinghouse” Discussion Leader: Dan Pierce, Chair, UNCA Department of History

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.

RiverMusic wraps up with Fred Wesley & The New JBs @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, wraps up with Fred Wesley & The New JB’s, The Lee Boys and Lyric at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District (map).

This is our final show until 2016!

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 the last RiverMusic of 2015. Check out the bands by clicking on their links below:

Fred Wesley & The New JB’s
The Lee Boys

Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Oct 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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Wednesday Workday @ To Be determined
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’ll keep on working Wednesday afternoon with a variety of projects in mind! Contact Justin at justin@riverlink.org to find out more or watch your inbox for RiverLink volunteer emails!

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