I would consider this one of my favorite campgrounds IF you have a site on the river and if you don't mind a fair walk to the toilets. The campground does not allow trailers on any of the river-front sites, only tents, so we had to park our GO in the next row. Happily we were camping with friends who took a group site on the water, so we spent the days there. The river-side sites are lovely, you're sleeping right next to the French Broad and during the day you can play at the edge. Our group site had a little pool created by previous campers using rocks, so all the young kids could splash to their hearts content. The downside is there is only one flush toilet facility, so if you're in the further sites it's a long trek. They do have porta-potties half-way, but I preferred planning in the walk. The sites are large and wooded, though not so wooded that I would feel comfortable squatting in our campsite. I noticed people from the further sites actually driving their cars up to the bathrooms in the evenings…
This is one of my favorite campgrounds so far. Plenty of trees help shade the sites and give more of a feeling of privacy. Our site (34) and the adjacent sItes were a short walk to a nice sandy alcove on the lake, perfect for a dip or float. We rented kayaks for the day to explore some small waterfalls and shallow caves. The facilities were clean for a public park.
This was a great family campground. Plenty for the kids to do, including gem mining, feeding goats and several playgrounds. Plus you can rent tubes and drive a short distance into the national park for some fun tubing. The campground fills up, and most of your neighbors will be in RVs, but everyone was respectful and quiet during our stay. A dish sink outside the bathrooms made cleaning up from meals a cinch. It's also amazingly close to Bryson City, but you wouldn't be able to tell once your in the campground. Try to get a spot on the river, sites 1-10, but we stayed in 12 and it was fine. There are plenty of trees for shade, and this area of WNC rains a good amount, so everything is very green. Staff were all very friendly and helpful.
We visited the Paddy Creek campground at Lake James last year. The campsite was impeccably maintained with the cleanest bath/shower house I have ever experienced camping. The swimming area on the lake is a short drive away (costs a small fee when the lifeguards are on duty in the summer). All the tent pads except for the ranger seemed to have one or two stairs from the parking spot, so I'm not sure it could be managed with any kind of camper. We went just prior to the official summer dates and never saw a camp host, which would have been nice to help explain the trails and swimming area.
Davisdon campground is very popular so it's near impossible to get a reservation for the weekend unless you plan far ahead. It's popular for good reason. It's within 5 minutes of a grocery and restaurants, but feels like you're pretty remote. You're close to tube rentals and the campground is on the river. You will not find privacy here, the campground is massive. The river is not quite close enough for young kids to play unsupervised, but it is close enough to easily access. It would be a great place for families with older kids as the roads are great for biking around and the swimming holes are close.
We've visited North Mills River a couple times now as it's close to our home base of Asheville and reservations are fairly easy to come by. The river is close to the campground and shallow enough to enjoy playing in, though it's far enough away that you can't supervise young children from the campsite. We love the ranger talks on the weekends, perfect for entertaining kids around the dinner hour. We have made crafts and learned about turtles and raptors during our stays. The biggest downside for us is it is not very clean. We usually spend several minutes picking up bits of trash in the campsite when we get there - pieces of plastic, a broken flip-flop, etc. The main bathroom is okay, but the floor is always very sandy. There are a few composting toilets spread throughout, and they are quite disgusting, you can smell them a mile away and they often have huge insects perched in the corners. On the upside, the camp hosts are friendly and drive around selling firewood at night.
We visited Curtis Creek in 2016 and we still remember it as one of our favorites. Our young kids (4 at the time) enjoyed playing in the boulder-strewn creek just off the main campsite. The main campsite was drive-in with plenty of shade, but the sites were all right next to each other with minimal privacy. Vault toilets in the center were clean and not smelly. The camp hosts provided information about near-by hikes and we were able to complete an out-and-back with the kids with minimal whining. We enjoyed a pond on the hike with lots of insects and crayfish. The campsite had drinking water but no firewood, so come prepared. There were wineberry thickets all over during our stay, yummy! The campsites in the open field had lots of room, but little shade and looked hot mid-day.