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

Earth Day Kid’s Festival @ Salvage Station
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

RiverLink is excited to hold its fourth annual Earth Day Kid’s Festival! This event is an opportunity for families and people of all ages to come together for a day of environmental education, arts and crafts, performances, and celebration of the natural world. Entries from RiverLink’s annual Voices of the River: Art and Poetry contest will also be displayed at the festival and winners announced! This event will be held as part of WNC for the Planet’s “Earth Month.” This new collective of local environmental non-profits has come together to celebrate Earth Day with a month of environmental service opportunities and events in Asheville and surrounding communities. This event is FREE to the public.

We are so grateful to Salvage Station and Prestige Subaru for sponsoring this event!

Click here to learn more! 

Non-native invasive vine removal @ 20 Belleair Rd. Conservation Easement
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We need your help removing invasive vines to protect the trees on one of RiverLink’s conservation easements in West Asheville! This site has been overrun by non-native invasive plants and we are working to create and implement a management plan to restore this site.

RiverLink will provide all tools and instruction. Please come prepared by wearing sturdy shoes as well as long pants and sleeves as there may be thorns and poison ivy present in this area. Bring water and sunscreen.

There is limited space for this workday so sign up fast! Drive to 20 Belleair Rd. in West Asheville and RiverLink staff will be there to direct you where to park.

Lower Shiloh Branch Cleanup @ Blue Ridge Home Care
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Help us give Lower Shiloh Branch a facelift by removing litter from its banks and bed before it enters Sweeten Creek!  Shiloh Branch is a small third order stream that features bedrock beneath calf-deep water and steep slopes.

We will meet in the parking lot of Blue Ridge Home Care and work downstream. RiverLink will provide chest waders, bags, grabbers, and tools but please dress for the weather, wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring water!