Assateague Island National Seashore is a unit of the National Park Service occupying about half of Assateague Island and is located off of Maryland's eastern shore in the Atlantic. The park covers an area of 41,320 acres and reaches from the Ocean City inlet to the Maryland/Virginia state border. Over 2.1 million people visit the park each year. The park was created in 1965 after a hurricane destroyed the planned, but never built, resort community of Ocean Beach, Maryland. The national seashore is famous for its white sand beaches and wild ponies.
Since the park's creation, several improvements have been made to aid the public in recreation. The park maintains a two mile stretch of road on the island that travels through the state park in order for visitors to reach the National Seashore. A new visitor center was built in 2010 which is located on the mainland before visitors cross over the bridge to get to the island. The visitor center hosts several ranger-led programs and exhibits for the public. The park service also opened a new ranger station on the island in 2012. The building is powered by new solar panels that built in a nearby parking lot.