About Great River

University Support Services (USS) is located in Great River, NY on the south shore of Long Island between the towns of East Islip and Sayville.  With easy access to major parkways and within walking distance from the Great River Long Island Railroad train station, USS employees have a variety of commute options.

There are many notable sites in Great River such as the Connetquot River, Timber Point Country Club, Bayard-Cutting Arboretum, and Hecksher State Park.

Connetquot River

The Connetquor River, also known as Great River, is six miles long and knownd for its brook, brown and rainbow trout fly fishing and crab trapping. It is recognized by the NY state as a Wild, Scenic and Recreational River. Connetquot River is one of the four largest rivers on Long Island.

Timber Point Country Club

Timber Point Country Club has a public 27-hole Golf Course located south of Montauk Highway. It is positioned where the Connetquot River meets the Great South Bay, so golfers have magnificent vistas of the South Shore. The Mansion at Timber Point is a Lessings Venue available for weddings and special occasions.

Bayard-Cutting Arboretum

Bayard-Cutting Arboretum State Park was the former Bayard Cutting Estate. The estate of William Bayard Cutting(1850-1912) was donated as an arboretum to the State of New York by Cutting’s widow and daugher. Bayard Cutting consists of 690 acres or gardens and walking paths. Currently the manor house contains the administration office and a café with an open porch overlooking the Connetquot River.

Hecksher State Park

Hecksher State Park consists of 1,469 acres of land. It is also known as the “Home of the White-tailed Deer”. It lies on the shore of the Great South Bay. William Nicoll, Islip’s Founder, originally built his estate on this property. The State of New York purchased the park in 1929 using a donation by August Hecksher.

The park offers a beach, a boat launch, pavilions with picnic tables, a playground, playing fields, recreation programs, hiking, biking, fishing, and cross-country skiing.