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

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!


Givens Estates Stormwater Project Service Day @ Givens Estates
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join RiverLink for a non-native invasive plant removal workday at Givens Estates! Your service will contribute to RiverLink’s “Givens Estates Stormwater Project,” an initiative funded by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to improve water quality in the Dingle Creek watershed.

Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. RiverLink will provide all of the tools as well as an introduction to invasive plant identification.

Guided Canoe Trip- Plants of the French Broad River @ Champion Park, Rosman N.C.
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join RiverLink for a 9-mile canoe trip focused on the wonderful diversity of plants growing along the French Broad River.  The guide will be botanist and UNC-Asheville Professor of Biology Dr. David Clarke.  The trip will begin near the headwaters of the river at Champion Park in Rosman, N.C., and end at Island Ford access.  Trip length is approximately 4 hours, with a break for lunch.

When & Where: Saturday, April 28th 9:30 a.m. at Champion River Park in Rosman, N.C.

Cost: $25/person, includes all gear (canoe, paddles, life jacket) and a shuttle provided by Headwaters Outfitters.  Bring your own lunch. Registration: Limited to 18 people.  Kids are welcome.  Each canoe must have an adult 18+ that is an experienced paddler.