We were directed here via Google Maps and the reviews on this site. Turns out there isn't camping allowed by the picnic areas as posted signs showed us, but we arrived late at night and no one else was there that evening so we didn't have much of a choice.
There's a very pretty creek that trickles by several covered pavilions, one with a camp fire spot. Leave no trace!
Asheville, NC might just be one of the coolest cities in the Southeast. Craft beer and camping is the name of the gamer around there. Spent two weekends in the area, once during the July, 2015 and then again in October 2015. July was a day trip and got to jump off of Skinny Dip Falls (video). Then in October, we camped at a primitive site and spent the day Saturday on a brew hike in Asheville. Primitive site was great…once we found one. Took about a 1 hour drive around 7pm on Saturday to find an open lot. Get there early or prepare for quite the night time mountain drive. Other than that, it's a typical primitive site with access to trails and beautiful trees. Enjoy your time in the NC Mountains.
Camp here with a Summer Camp group of 65+ to the pioneer site. Easy to reserve online, the site has one large covered pavilion next to a water pipe and fire ring. We used this area to cook. Down the hill from the site is the water front property with plenty of clay beach to swim. The site has 3 clean squirrel's nest shelters and at least 8 flat tent pads. Great size for large groups and plenty to do (insider's tip: there is a bathroom 5 min drive down the road at the ranger station open 24 hrs :p )
Visited Unicoi in March of 2016 with a group of 10 college students along with 2 adults. We used two of the campsites. Each site has a wooden picnic table, pole to hold lanter, fire pit and flat pad for a tent. The reason that this location is good for many people is because the tent sites are VERY close to one another. Easily 10-15 yards away from the next one. So, if it's peak season (summer time), I would be weary this place is very busy. Only 5 other groups there that weekend in March. Weather was fair during the day, did the beautiful hike to Anna Ruby falls, and very cold at night. Pictures of my massive 10 person tent taking over one of the tent pads and of Anna Ruby Falls.