The Forest Park Cross Country Festival is proud to call Forest Park home. Located in the center of St. Louis, the park is home to several area landmarks including the St. Louis Science Center and the nationally-recognized St. Louis Zoo. Forest Park hosted the USATF Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2018, the race course will be on Aviation Field.

Updated 2018 Parking Information

TRAFFIC & PARKING GUIDE *Updated as of 9/5/18
Use this guide for both Friday and Saturday!

LouFest has been cancelled, so please note the following updates to traffic flow and parking. 

– More street parking is available within the park (noted in green on the map)
– Please do not walk across the golf course. Stay on the sidewalks.
– Buses should still enter the park via Hampton Ave. Click HERE for NEW BUS ROUTE (updated as of 9/7/18)
– Clayton Road will remain one way (going east) and ONLY bus traffic will be allowed (no cars)
A park ranger will be present at the roundabout near the Jewel Box and will only let buses, volunteers and vendors through onto Clayton Road or into the volunteer parking lot.
– Cars should enter the park via Kingshighway if dropping off an athlete (and to access available street parking on that side of the park)
– Cars may enter the park via Hampton to access street parking on that side of the park

Buses (Team Drop-off):

Enter the park via Hampton Ave. Turn right on Wells Dr. and continue to the round-about near the Jewel Box. Take the first right off the round-about and go left on Clayton Road. Aviation Field will be on your right. Clayton Road will open to bus traffic only and will be ONE-WAY going eastbound. NO PARKING will be allowed in either side of Clayton Road. It will be for bus drop-off/pick-up purposes only. The park will be towing any parked vehicles and ticketing buses.

NEW!!! Bus Parking:
We have approval from the park to allow buses to park in the Upper Muny lot both Friday and Saturday. This will allow for buses to return to Aviation Field in an expedited manner in the event of lightening/severe weather and you need to use your bus for shelter. Only buses will be allowed in the Upper Muny lot, not cars.


Buses can stay on Clayton Road with athletes during a delay IF there is room for other bus traffic to drive through. Buses need to be in a single file line and on one side of the road. Once Clayton Road is full, buses will have to wait elsewhere with athletes. Remember, Clayton Road is ONE-WAY going East and is only open to bus traffic.

Cars (Athlete Drop-off):

Enter the park via Hospital Drive from Kingshighway and head west on Clayton Rd. Drop off zone is located on the north side of Clayton Ave. Go north on Faulkner Dr. to exit the park.


Spectator & Athlete Parking 

Plan time to park and walk as there is not a large parking lot close to Aviation Field.

LouFest has been cancelled for 2018 so there is now more street parking available within Forest Park. Please do not walk across the golf course.

TRAFFIC & PARKING GUIDE *Updated as of 9/5/18
Use this guide for both Friday and Saturday!

The Steinberg Rink lot is open. Do NOT park in the Planetarium lot or the Muny lot. 

The student/staff parking garage at the Forest Park Community Center is available for our athletes and spectators. Access the garage by turning onto Macklind Ave. from Oakland and making a right into the parking garage. Parking is FREE and the walk isn’t far to the tunnel that leads you directly to the course area in Forest Park. Volunteers will be on the Forest Park side of the tunnel passing out parking vouchers.

The St. Louis University High School/Science Center parking lot off Oakland Avenue is another option.

The Highlands Golf Center (just north of the course) will have limited parking available for $10/vehicle (no buses). Access the Highlands parking lot by entering the park at Kingshighway and Hospital Drive, heading west on Clayton and making a right into the lot at the top of the hill.

Team Tents
All tents must be in the Archery Range area as noted on the course map. Per our agreement with the park you can ONLY set up tents in this area. You may not be near the fields or anywhere else. Please be respectful of the fields and keep all team camps at least 20 meters away from the course!