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  3,300 students K-12 annually as well as the public-at-large about the French Broad River watersheds’ importance  and empowering over 1,000 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.

Check out the KC Park Masterplan

The long awaited plans for this property are now available to view! Karen Cragnolin Park will serve as the missing link between the French Broad River Greenways. Check out how we plan to transform this junkyard into the jewel of the riverfront.

We’re Partnering with Friends of Woodfin Greenway & Blueway

We're happy to be a part of this ambitious $18.1 million effort to construct five miles of greenway along the French Broad River and Beaverdam Creek!

Explore our Name That Creek Story Map

Over the years we've given names to quite a few local streams. These names reflect cultural histories, local ecosystems and more. Check out the watershed is histories of these names!

RiverCamp Registration is Open

For 11 years RiverCamp has been instilling love for the river in a new generation of watershed stewards. We're so excited for another year of learning and discovery on the French Broad, and we hope that you'll join us.

We’re hiring a new Database Coordinator

This administrative position will report to the Development Manager and works to support our diverse fundraising initiatives including gift processing, in-kind donations and grant awards, producing reports, and donor acknowledgements.

Submit art & poetry for Voices of the River

Our 12th annual art & poetry contest is now accepting submissions! Artists and writers K-12 grade are encouraged to show us how creativity flows through out watershed. Winners will be announced at our Earth Day Kid's Festival on April 20th.


Upcoming Events


20mar11:00 am1:00 pmSpring Into Service11:00 am - 1:00 pm New Belgium Brewing

23mar10:00 am3:00 pmVolunteer Educator Training10:00 am - 3:00 pm RiverLink Office


04apr10:00 am1:00 pmRiverLink Bus Tour10:00 am - 1:00 pm New Belgium Brewing

07apr10:00 am3:00 pmPaddle into Spring10:00 am - 3:00 pm Hominey Creek River Park

14apr2:00 pm3:30 pmRain Barrel Workshop2:00 pm - 3:30 pm RiverLink Office

20apr10:00 am2:00 pmEarth Day Kid's Festival10:00 am - 2:00 pm Salvage Station

28apr5:45 pm8:15 pmHidden Rivers Film Premiere5:45 pm - 8:15 pm New Belgium Brewing



Partnering Businesses and Organizations