President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son, Barron Trump, walk to Marine One on Saturday across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington en route to Camp David in Maryland.

The first family spent a little more than 24 hours in Frederick County over the weekend and President Donald Trump said he found Camp David to be “incredible,” “beautiful” and “very nice.”

It was the first family’s first visit to the presidential retreat on Catoctin Mountain, and it came one weekend after Melania Trump and the first couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, officially moved into the White House.

The 143-acre rustic retreat features a presidential cabin along with dozens of others and amenities including tennis courts, a bowling alley, heated swimming pool, hot tub and a single golf hole with multiple tees.

The first family left Washington on Marine One around 11 a.m. Saturday. Barron wore soccer shorts for the trip, according to White House press pool reports.

The White House press office did not elaborate on how the first family spent their weekend at Camp David, referring a News-Post reporter to Twitter.

First Lady Melania Trump shared a photo showing a portion of a building on Twitter, with the message: “Barron, @Potus and I enjoying beautiful Camp David! #family #sport #weekend.”

It was a bit overcast and humid in Thurmont during the family’s visit, but cooler than D.C.

The Trumps arrived back on the White House’s South Lawn just after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

As the president walked away from the helicopter in a white “Make America Great Again” cap with Melania Trump by his side, Barron stopped to take a picture with his phone of Marine One, according to pool reports.

Camp David is a little more than a 30-minute helicopter ride from the White House.

Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird said he hadn’t heard of any disruptions or protests around Camp David during the family’s visit.

“There was not a peep out of anybody that I was aware of,” he said. “…It should’ve been a nice weekend for them, I hope.”

CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who maintains statistics on presidential travel going back for several administrations, wrote on Twitter that it had been nearly a year since a presidential visit to the retreat. The Obama family visited on the weekend of July 30, 2016.

Parts of Catoctin Mountain Park were closed for increased security over the weekend.

Camp David, known formally as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, was established as a presidential retreat in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt, who renamed it Shangri-La. The current name was established under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who chose “David” to honor his father and grandson.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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Camp David must have been like a camping trip for them. HoWe've did they manage?


I didn't know he was there until I saw them leave. We were at the Lake at Cunningham Falls and saw the helicopters fly by low. Probably the last time we will see a president there until President Pence is sworn in :)


I ate hot dogs and watermellon and played leap frog with a bunch of children. The popsicles were enjoyable. I didn't track helicopter flight plans but I did learn that girls can spit watermellon seeds farther than boys. It was a great day.


First time ever for Donald to use a commode that isn't plated in gold.


I watched them fly over Frederick on their way home. Got some photos. A flight radar website tipped me off when they left, when they'd be flying over Frederick and the route they were taking. Amazing what you can find on the Internet.


We know.

jwhamann Jun 18, 2017 4:30pm
"I just watched them returning back to DC this afternoon as they flew over my back deck. I got some photos of them. Actually, using the website I was able to figure out they were on their way 15 minutes ahead of time. They were flying at an altitude of around 1800 ft. as they passed over the Frederick airport."


It started out following the route of the MSP patrol helicopter as it flew to up Camp David and circled around and around for about 20 minutes or so and then made a beeline back to Frederick. That's when I knew that the eagle had left the nest. Cool website. The highlight of the day is the daily Air France Airbus A380 from Paris passing over Frederick at 6000 ft. at around 3:30 in the afternoon enroute to Dulles from Paris.


Great site, thank you!

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