My husband and I have camped at Julian Price three times, most recently in July. Obviously we like it. We’ve always been in the RV section in our camper van so I can’t comment on the tent section other than to say it’s well away from the RVs and looks quite nice. The campground is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway just five miles from Blowing Rock. Lots of hikes nearby including a loop from the campground. Bathrooms are fine. Showers are located in the tent section—private, nice. Sites are nice sized and most are private. One negative is all the moss growth on picnic tables. Most RV sites are heavily shaded plus the campground just reopened so I realize lack of humans resulted in the moss flourishing. ;)
Busy campground in the Smoky Mtns, minutes from Cherokee. Can’t beat the location. The pros are that there’s a creek running through the campground which drowned out any road noise and was lots of fun for kids to splash in, fish in, etc; the sites are decent size; and there’s a really good loop hike right from the campground—very scenic. Cons are that the bathrooms were dirty and smelly—two different bath houses were just as bad; no showers; many sites are pretty close together and not very private.
As far as finding a cheap place to camp in the Smokies, this is a good choice —just don’t expect 4 star.
Great campground if you want to be on the beach at the Outer Banks. 4 stars rather than 5 because of road noise and cars on the beach which I personally do not like. We have a camper van, did not use hook ups. It’s a wide open campground close to the road so there’s car noise during the day but not so much after dark. Bathrooms are clean. Showers are separate—basically an outdoor shower building. It’s a short walk through the sand dunes to the beach—beware of lots of vehicles lining up to fish. When we were there, it was very windy which is not good for sitting on the beach but it kept the insects away. It’s a quick drive to restaurants, shopping, lighthouses, Jockey Ridge (go for the sunset!) We chose this campground for its proximity (half hour) to the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge which is fantastic for kayaking and bear spotting.