Welcome to Camp David

Camp David - Aspen Lodge

About Camp David

Camp David is a secluded presidential retreat located in the Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. About a dozen guest cabins are connected by winding paths and visitors are given golf carts to get around.

Guests can go bowling, watch movies, work out at the fitness center, play basketball, and shoot some pool. There are tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a swimming pool, skeet range, and other activities. There is also the Evergreen Chapel, a non-denominational place of worship.

Aspen Lodge - the President's Cabin

Aspen Lodge sits on top of a hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding Maryland countryside. Occupied by every President starting with FDR, the cabin has several bedrooms, a small office, several fireplaces, a kitchen, and a large outdoor flagstone patio. There is also a heated swimming pool, hot tub, and a single golf hole with multiple tees.


Photo Gallery: Aspen Lodge

Camp David Aspen Lodge photogallery



Layout of the Aspen Lodge

Camp David - Aspen Lodge floorplan

Aspen Lodge floor plan - 1959


Camp David - Aspen Lodge map

Satellite view of Aspen Lodge, pool, hot tub and golf tees/green




Laurel Lodge and Other Cabins at Camp David

Camp David - Laurel Lodge

Laurel Lodge in 2012

Laurel Lodge is the main cabin where meals are served and meetings are held. There are three conference rooms there and a presidential office.

Hickory Lodge has a bowling alley, movie theater, restaurant/bar, game room, library, and the Shangri-La Gift Shop. Holly cabin is used for small meetings and recreation. President Carter preferred the cozy rooms in Holly for the 1978 Camp David peace negotiations.

Birch, Dogwood, Maple, Rosebud, Red Oak, Hawthorn, and Southern Pine cabins were used to house the G8 Leaders when they met at Camp David in 2012.


Photo Gallery: Other Camp David Cabins

Camp David cabins photogallery




Camp David Activities

Meandering hilly trails are ideal for long walks and bike rides. Guests can go swimming, watch movies, go bowling, play tennis, and shoot skeet. There is a golf driving range near the helicopter landing zone and a single golf hole with multiple tee boxes outside Aspen Lodge. In the winter, visitors can go cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and snowmobiling.

Where is Camp David

Camp David is located in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland. It's about a thirty minute helicopter ride from the White House. The video below is flyover tour of Camp David incorporating satellite imagery and historic photos.

Camp David map with labels

Camp David location:  View the high-resolution version of this Camp David map

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More Information About Camp David

If you would like to learn more, there is a related blog About Camp David that contains detailed information and lots of pictures of the presidential retreat. Some highlights include: