Hi Darwin - Al here
The National Forests here in NC actually have as many if not more camping facilities than you'll find on the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to several developed campgrounds, the Forest Service offers 'dispersed' camping in many areas. In some cases, these are nothing more than a spot beside a FS road just large enough for a vehicle and tent (or, in my case, a Scamp). In others, there will be a tent pad, picnic table, lamp post and grill or fire pit. Usually, these are free and available on a first come first served basis.
Just outside the entrance to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is Horse Cove campground. Its spllit into two sections; most of the sites on the upper level are beside a small branch which feeds into Santeelah Creek that runs next to the dozen or so lower sites. No showers but it does have flush toilets and water spigots. I don't think there's a prettier campground in western NC and, at $10/night, its a steal.
A mile or so away is a single lane FS dirt road that runs for about five miles along this same creek. About twenty sites with picnic tables, fire pits and lamp posts are scattered about and the price - FREE!
There's even a cabin available ($25/night) should you want to bring friends along http://www.main.nc.us/graham/hiking/santeetlah.html
Anyone not taking advantage of the many recreational opportunites offered in our National Forests is really missing out.
Take care - Al