The following are tree checklists that are based on the references mentioned below and Riverdave's own personal experience with trees as a native of Durham, North Carolina. You may chose the list you want to work with according to your learning goals. It is important for you to print out your list and bring it with you to your tree camp session.
Tree Checklist for the N.C. Piedmont Region - list for Durham and surrounding central NC
Tree Checklist for the N.C. Mountain Region - trees common to the North Carolina mountain region 
Tree Checklist for the Appalachian Cove Forest - town and lower elevation watershed of Montreat, North Carolina
Tree Checklist for Downtown Durham NC  -  and Durham Central Park and nearby Trinity Park Neighborhood
Tree Checklist for the Durham School of the Arts - list of both native and horticultural trees on this campus 
Tree Checklist for the Forest at Duke Retirement Center - Inventory of woody trees, shrubs and vines of the wetland area
Tree Checklist for the Stone House Retreat Center - Mebane, NC             
Tree Checklist for Dupont Circle, Washington DC - a small, landmark park in our nation's capital
Tree Checklist for Springer's Point Nature Preserve - 120 acre evergreen maritime forest on Ocracoke Island, NC
Tree Checklist for Sapelo Island, Georgia - evergreen maritime forest
Tree Checklist for Hontoon Island, Florida - a forested island in the St. Johns River
Tree Checklist for Southeastern Vancouver Island - Mt. Douglas Park in Saanich, British Columbia. 

North Carolina Champion Tree Database  - This is a wonderful resource for exploring our state's native tree species. The North Carolina Forest Service maintains a list of the largest individual trees of each species and directions to where they can be found.  In fact, you are invited to search for a new champion which would be added to the list!  These champion trees make great destinations for a drive in the country and for auspicious spots to plan a pilgrimage. 

The national champion tree list can be found at U.S. Champion Tree Database  

Also see my essay on champion trees at Riverdave's Journal.

For the serious tree camper, my two favorite champion tree pilgrimage destinations are the
old growth riverine forest at Congaree National Park in South Carolina and the Redwood Sequoia stand at Muir Woods National Monument in California.

Photo by Riojosie: Riverdave under the NC State Champion Ginkgo Tree at Old Salem


Cook, Will. 2011.

Hall and Sutter. 1999. Durham County Inventory of Important Natural Areas, Plants and Wildlife. Durham, NC.

Harrar & Harrar. 1962. Guide to Southern Tress. Dove Publications, N.Y., N.Y. 

Radford, Ahles and Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

White, Fred, 1978. Deciduous Trees and Shrubs of the Eno RIver Valley. The Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Durham, NC.

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