OK...so here's our list of Nantahala campgrounds all are National Forest service and have no on-campsite water or electric. All have community water spouts and most have nice single unit (as in all to yourself) hot showers. We've only stayed at 2, but have previewed all of these campgrounds cuz that's what we do on "go home day".
Where we've stayed:
Van Hook Glade
....small but very pretty...watch out for the 2 or 3 that are right at the entrace as they get the road noise and Hwy 64 can be pretty busy even at night during season. Sites #13 & 14 are very nice.
Jack Rabbit Mt
....very nice....many site right on the lake, nice views from right across the road from the lake. Don't reserve #56 it is REALLY small and even though it is lake side has absolutely no view because of the bush/tree over growth. "B" loop (#'s 80-100) has a number of sites that you park above and camp below...if you don't mind the walk up and down it's OK...but, we mind.
Where we want to stay:
....there are a few sites right on the river in the first loop...they go fast...it has 3 loops with the middle one being open and newly re-built bath/shower houses.
...small park, small lake, several very nice sights, community water, bathrooms but no shower. Howsumever, with your camp pass you can get into Jack Rabbit which is not that far away and has a very nice shower houses.
If you're into biking and boating Tsali on Lake Fontana, also in the Nantahala National Forest, is very nice, again with community water and shower house.
Now....Below Mt. Mitchell are 2 campgrounds that are very nice and have some riverfront sites. They are also Forest Service so they have community water and shower houses. We've not stayed yet, but they're on our list.
In the Pisgah National Forest, Carolina Hemlocks (outside of Burnsville) and Black Mt. Campground on the other end of the road and closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Coming off the Parkway you turn left for one and right for the other, but I forget which is which.
That should be a pretty good list to start with and get your taste buds started on exploring the region.