Experience

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

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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RiverLink Seeks Land Trust Accreditation

In 2015, we are submitting our application to become an Accredited Land Trust. RiverLink has worked to revitalize and protect the French Broad River and its watershed the past 28 years utilizing conservation and recreation (along with other important tools) easements to protect water quality, wildlife, and preserve natural history. Becoming an Accredited Land Trust […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

RiverLink’s new mobile app for your smartphone will geo-locate you to all the amenities you will need to enjoy the French Broad River watershed. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the iTunes store! Android users can download the app from Google Play. Like the French Broad itself and RiverLink the app is […]

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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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February 1, 2015 Posted by dave

Don’t forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot

Craig Holt NC Sportsman Anglers often think winter isn’t a good time to fish for mountain trout, but guide Eugene Shuler of the Ela community near Bryson City said it’s actually the best time to land a trophy brown or rainbow. “Fishing’s surprisingly good up here,” he said. “The fly-fishing-only section of the Tuckasegee River […]

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January 31, 2015 Posted by dave

Saluting RiverLink for a long, successful mission

Check out this awesome letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Letter: Salutes RiverLink for long, successful mission I am glad to see the River District often in the news now. I am thrilled to see so many people there, working, playing, shopping and eating. I am excited to have New Belgium coming and […]

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January 30, 2015 Posted by dave

Rosman Water Worries Aired

Read the entire story on the website of The Transylvania Times by clicking here. By John Lanier Editor Last week the Rosman Board of Aldermen expressed concerns about being able to control their future water supply and its potential impact on the town. The aldermen have been discussing the possibility of constructing a water treatment plant for […]

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February – March 2015

Feb
7
Sat
February Monthly Cleanup @ Meet at KFC
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
February Monthly Cleanup @ Meet at KFC | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

RiverLink monthly cleanup for February will be on Saturday the 7th from 10am – 1pm. The group will be meeting at the KFC on 1030 Patton Ave.  Smith Mill Creek will be the target stream to clean up on that Saturday morning.

 

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Feb
11
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 11 @ 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.

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Feb 11 @ 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

Feb
19
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Feb 19 @ 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.

Mar
6
Fri
Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About? @ RiverLink
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join RiverLink’s executive director Karen Cragnolin and Jim Stokeley, Wilma Dykeman’s son and Chairman of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy Board of Directors, for an informative presentation on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

Karen and Jim are teaming up to present: Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About?

RiverLink raised $250,000 to develop  four consensus plans: transportation, economic development, landscape and architectural for the rebirth of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone would be welcomed to live, work and play.  The resulting Wilma Dykeman RiverWay plan consolidated 20 years of previous planning that RiverLink had initiated into a comprehensive plan designed to promote and protect the French Broad River, conserve land, control storm water and attract mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal development.

Reservations are a must as seating is limited so call 828-252-8474, ext. 10 or even better, email melinda@riverlink.org to make your reservation today.

Mar
11
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Mar 11 @ 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

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