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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

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 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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The RiverMusic 2015 lineup is set — and it kicks!

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

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We made our Annual Fund goal — THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Thank you RiverLovers — we made our $200,000 annual fund goal by our June 30th end of fiscal year deadline because hundreds and hundreds of people believe in the magic of water and the importance of our water resources. Thank you all so very much! Here’s to another great year of working together to promote […]

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Sign up now for the Anything That Floats Parade!

What is the Anything That Floats Parade? Anything That Floats Parade is a fun and wacky event held in conjunction with RiverFest, on Saturday, August 8,  2015 on the French Broad River. Anyone can enter.  Just put together a raft using any materials that can float on the French Broad River. Judging will be in […]

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Dan River
July 4, 2015 Posted by dave

NC wants Dan River water

BY DENICE THIBODEAU dthibodeau@registerbee.com North Carolina is interested in drawing water from the Dan River in two different places. One would involve draws from Kerr Lake and the other is much closer to home, in nearby Milton, North Carolina. Danville City Council has to decide if it will pass a resolution opposing an increase in the […]

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July 3, 2015 Posted by dave

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! RiverLink is closed today …

The RiverLink offices will be closed today. Have a safe holiday. It’d be a great day to get out on your French Broad River, wouldn’t it? Thanks for all you do, RiverLink staff

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July 2, 2015 Posted by dave

HENDERSONVILLE LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: AVL contractors need a redo on storm drainage

By Bill Moss, Published: June 27, 2015 After a Monday afternoon downpour caused a huge wave of water to overtop the Asheville airport retaining wall and flood Ferncliff Park Drive, engineers made the surprising assessment that the new stormwater management system worked as it was designed to. If this was success, we’d hate to see […]

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Jul
8
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jul 8 @ 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
RSVP to attend

Wednesday Workday @ RiverLink Performance Plaza
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and help to keep the French Broad River clean!  WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program.  We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting, storm drain marking and some various other tasks to help us with our day to day operations.

Dress to get wet, dirty and have fun!

We will meet at 144 Riverside Drive at the RiverLink Performance Plaza, where our RiverMusic series takes place. 

Click here to register

Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 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

Jul
10
Fri
RiverMusic continues with The Hackensaw Boys @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverMusic, live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, returns for a fourth year in 2015 and, our third show of the series features The Hackensaw Boys, The Jon Stickley Trio and Grits & Soul. Once a month over the Summer we’ll offer a mix of quality national acts and local favorites at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District (map).

Future dates will be September 11 and October 9. RiverFest, featuring the fabulous Anything-That-Floats Parade, will be on the second Saturday of August — August 8.

Gates open at 5. The music starts at 5:30 with Grits & Soul, with Jon Stickley at 6:45 and The Hackensaw Boys at 8:15.

Mark your calendars now to come hang out (and volunteer!) at RiverMusic and RiverFest 2015. Check out the bands by clicking on their links below:

Hackensaw Boys
Jon Stickley Trio
Grits & Soul

Jul
15
Wed
Wednesday Workday @ RiverLink Performance Plaza
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and help to keep the French Broad River clean!  WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program.  We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting, storm drain marking and some various other tasks to help us with our day to day operations.

Dress to get wet, dirty and have fun!

We will meet at 144 Riverside Drive at the RiverLink Performance Plaza, where our RiverMusic series takes place. 

Click here to register

Jul
16
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Jul 16 @ 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.

Available Seats:
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.

Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Time and Location

  • Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue (directions)  in the third level of the parking lot down the hill from the Chamber building.
  • Plan to arrive by 11:45 as the tour starts promptly at noon. The bus will return you to the Chamber at 2:00 p.m.

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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