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Bluffton Barn

Lodging, Camping
Bluffton / Bluffton MO

Bluffton Barn is located 100 yards from the Katy Trail, in Bluffton MO

Bluffton Barn Mailing Address:
173 Highway 94

Full furnished Kitchen



Groups welcome

Multi-night discount

Tent camping also available with hot showers

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Walking the Katy Trail
Erik from Pleasanton, California on 05/01/2021 09:15 PM:

My family (2 adults and an 11 year old) like to hike the Camino de Santiago. Since the little guy isn't vaccinated yet and we're not sure about flights to and fro, I thought we could walk the Katy Trail from Jefferson City to St. Charles.

The stages I'm planning seem reasonable except bewteen Tebbetts and Blufton. 20 miles in one day could be a bit much for family cohesion. : )

Can anyone tell me if there is cell service in Blufton so we could take a taxi to Blufton?

Thanks for the wonderful information this provides!

Doug from Bluffton on 05/03/2021 11:24 AM:
call the Bluffton Barn for more info.

Thomas B Lee from Naperville on 05/05/2021 10:41 PM:
I just finished West to East bike riding on May 2, and I did stop by at Blufton (The Barn). I have T-Mobile service and I did not get ANY coverage there. Doug said he uses phone only (vs. data) and told me it is somehow with the help of his computer to boost cell phone signal. He uses AT&T service.

I have walked Camino de Santiago (CdS) six times in the last seven years (I could not go in 2020), and I am hoping to go this fall when Spain opens up the border for foreigners. The way I see your plan is that unlike CdS, there are very, very limited lodging options. Also places to eat. Are you planning to camp in the middle of nowhere? Do you feel safe doing so? Even if you carry tent and food, you have to carry a lot of water in order to cook and clean. You have to think through. if you want to contact me, leave your cont here.

Cat from Ohio on 05/12/2021 02:02 PM:
Fellow pilgrims here, and missing the Camino. We are thinking of walking the Katy Trail, too, possibly in the next few weeks. Wondering how your planning is going. We are planning to camp some and rent rooms some and from what I can tell, it's totally possible without too many days over 20 miles. About water, I'm assuming we can bring a water filter and collect water along the way if there are not fountains available. Has anyone else tried it? Not a lot of info out there for walkers.

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KV from Kansas City, MO on 04/25/2021 10:57 AM:
This review is in regards to Doug, at Bluffton Barn. My friends and I biked the Katy Trail recently (2020) and unfortunately, 1 of our friends got injured. No longer able to ride to the next destination, let alone closest rest stop (10+ miles). Stranded, we frantically called every # we had in our emergency notes with no success of help. It was unclear if anyone from Bluffton Barn offered shuttle services but we were to try anyway. Our lucky stars - Doug answered the call and was more than willing to literally drop what he was in the middle of doing to come and pick us up and take us to the next town. 2 passengers, 2 bikes, all of our gear, next destination about 20 miles - he said no problem! We explained where we were on the trail and within 10 minutes he literally pulled his truck up on the trail and helped me get my friend and gear loaded. Being females we were unsure of what to expect and intimated but relieved to have received help. Immediately upon meeting Doug our fears disappeared and finally were able to breath at the thought of getting somewhere comfortable and safe. I can't express how much Doug helped us this day. He was overtly kind, patient, flexible, helpful, understanding, and just overall a genuine nice person. We had great conversations and laughs during transportation and at the end, charged us a measly $30 for everything. I couldn't believe it. I write this review not for a reminder that their are still good people out there but to let others on the KT trail know to have his (the Bluffton Barn's) information on hand, in case anything happens along the way. Doug is a safe and reliable person to call on! My friends and I all agree we will be traveling again soon and will be staying at the Bluffton Barn solely on the interaction we had with Doug. I recommend him and his business to anyone.

Doug from Bluffton on 04/25/2021 08:49 PM:
Thank you for the kind words! Perfect ending to a great day today.

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Backpacker Chris from Arizona on 03/01/2021 11:48 AM:
I will be hiking through in a couple days. Is bluffton barn open for rent camping in early march? Let me know. Thanks

Doug from Bluffton on 03/01/2021 04:50 PM:
I am. Give me a call so we can talk about what you might need. Doug

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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:13 AM:
This place has a very large lawn--perfect for camping. Campers are provided access to a toilet/shower in the old house. The did a load of laundry for $5 and has some supplies for sale; e.g. insect repellent.

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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:13 AM:
This place has a very large lawn--perfect for camping. Campers are provided access to a toilet/shower in the old house. The did a load of laundry for $5 and has some supplies for sale; e.g. insect repellent.

Nice place to stay
Jennie from Omaha, NE on 10/21/2020 03:24 PM:
We stayed at the Bluffton Barn on 10/16. Doug was a very nice host. We had own kitchenette/bathroom/etc. For an extra price, Doug cooked supper/breakfast for us (which was well worth it). Doug is very nice and enjoys hosting.

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Erik from Oklahoma City on 10/07/2020 09:48 AM:
I stayed at the Bluffton Barn on 10.3.2020. Doug was a kind and generous host. The place is eclectic and homey. Enjoyed lively talk around the campfire with Spot and Freckles (Doug's sweet dogs). Though I did not eat any meals there, the other guests had great things to say! I stayed in the upper barn loft. Lots of room, comfortable and quiet. This place is great for travelers who are a little more adventurous and enjoy a rustic old world charm. Thanks again to Doug for being incredibly welcoming and accommodating!

Rich from Fairview, TX on 10/12/2020 05:34 PM:
I stayed at the Bluffton Barn the night of 10/9/2020. I found Doug to be one of the most personable gentlemen I’ve met. I felt he and I could be friends. He is a cyclist and enjoys hearing of your experiences and sharing his. The dinner he prepared for his guests that night was delicious and there was plenty, and the blueberry pancakes and bacon the next morning kept me going the next day.
I think it was Erik who mentioned Doug’s dogs, Spot and Freckles, they are both sweethearts, and gave me my dog fix for the day.
If/when I ride the Trail again, I will plan my itinerary to include Bluffton Barn in Bluffton.
Enjoy your autumn ride.

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Ramon from KC on 07/31/2020 02:01 PM:
Stayed at Bluffton Barn last week on a Sedalia to STL ride. Doug was a very friendly and generous host. Dinner and breakfast were both great. Looking forward to visiting with my family next time.

Dave from Minneapolis on 08/31/2020 11:13 PM:
I had the pleasure of staying at the barn and spending time with Doug, his buddy BJ, and his fine dogs Freckles and Spot. The Barn will not be confused with a Four Seasons, but it is clean and comfortable. The reason to stay, though, is spending time with Doug and his posse, laughing and telling stories, and eating his fine cooking. A stay here is great way to enhance in your Katy Trail experience.

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Eric from Chesterfield, MO on 02/08/2020 11:25 AM:
Looking at riding thru this summer. I need electrical to recharge my pedal assist. Is electric available at or near campsites?

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 02/13/2020 12:35 PM:
Hi Eric
Its hard to say exactly but as a general rule there is usually electricity in the bathrooms or shower houses.
Here is a list of campgrounds I am familiar with:
Sedalia fairgrounds Shower house inside for sure (not in sight), may be some at RV sites close to tent sites
Katy Roundhouse Shower house outside (could be in sight depends where you pitch tent)
Hartsburg city park at gazebo (should be in sight)
Turner Shelter in Tebbets Inside (in sight)
Portland campground on side of shower house (in sight of tent sites)
Steamboat springs I believe some are outdoors by some RV campsites for sure in shower house
Herman City Park at campsites
Marthasville ballfields campsite, in shelter (would be in sight depending on tent placement)
Klondike Park at the shower house (not in sight of tents)
This is all the ones I am familiar with, hope this helps

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/13/2020 04:39 PM:
You could also try to top up at rest stops along the way. Plug it in, go into Casey's for a Mountain Dew and a slice of pizza, sit for a bit while you eat...

John Hutchins from Pacific on 02/14/2020 08:04 AM:
You could charge at Cooper's Landing, also.

Bill from St. Louis on 02/14/2020 03:51 PM:
Hello Eric: What make of Electric Bike are you riding?

Anonymous on 02/15/2020 11:15 AM:
This might sound strange but have you considered calling the places you want to stay and asking them what they have?

Eric from Chesterfield Mo on 02/15/2020 08:08 PM:
I ride a TerraTrike Traveler. Need the stability of 3 wheel since a brain bleed & surgery in 2018

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 02/16/2020 10:26 AM:
Hi Eric,
A couple of thoughts. Have you done any kind of tests to see how far your bike can go with a load? This might determine where you will have to stop. Do you have an extra battery? In general I don't think you will have a problem with recharging unless the miles you can travel are pretty short.

As an emergency you could always get a motel or a B & B for a night.

I rode a couple of years ago with a guy who had an electric bike and he made it all the way (he was camping also). I have also ridden with a guy who had a cpap machine, it required recharging every day he did ok also (he was camping).
Have a good trip.


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Mark from chesterfield on 12/04/2019 05:27 PM:
Do NOT stay!
I booked my trip, sent the check. The second day I realized that I mis-calculated the distance between my starting point and the barn. I immediately called the owner, and left him voice mails, text messages, and inform him that. His reply was cordial. Then I realized that he cashed my check! I understand if he had turn away others, or had spent anything for my reservation. But everything happened within three days. And he cashed my check AFTER I told him that I cannot make it. When I called, the attitude was plain and simple, "you are not going to get your money back, no matter what."
I take my fault. I miscalculated to begin with. I did not confirm the refund policy. But this is not right. Deeply disappointed by how much people are driven by money.

Doug from Bluffton on 12/05/2019 06:50 AM:
He placed a reservation for 11-8-19 at 4:38 PM on 10-30-19 by phone. at this time I explained the cancellation policy. He made his cancellation by text on 11-6-19 at 2:50 PM. AFTER his check went to the bank and AFTER I had turned others away. There were no calls or texts in the interim. This is all in my phone log. I have several times in the past returned deposits on last minute cancellations when I have been able to book the rooms to last minute show ups. I do not want to get paid twice for rooms but I DO want to get paid once. If that sounds like I am driven by money then so be it.

Doug from Bluffton on 12/05/2019 07:16 AM:
He also sent me a picture of his check to let me know it was on the way on 11-1-19 (the second day)

Anonymous on 12/05/2019 09:10 AM:
I doubt many people that offer lodging along the Katy do so as a nonprofit organization. Most probably do so to make a profit and are essential "driven by money" as you say. Not a bad thing all.

Read the fine print. Know the rules/policy. If you have to cancel and loose money because you "did not confirm the refund policy" why come here to bash Doug? You admitted it was on you.

I'm disappointed in you Mark for being so driven by money that you admit the fault is yours and then for publicly blaming Doug.

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lambchop from northwest arkansas on 04/10/2019 04:36 PM:
we will be in your area the first week in june and are interested in staying with you one night. we are not campers, and would prefer 2 beds. could you email us or post here with rates and availability for that week for 2 people.


Rider from Missouri on 04/10/2019 10:04 PM:
You would be better off contacting him directly. He has an ad on the Bluffton page. I doubt if he has your email address and might not want to conduct business on an open forum.

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Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 12/06/2018 09:30 AM:
Doug wasn't home when we passed through. We stopped just to say hello because Doug is awesome. Hopefully next time.

Doug on 12/07/2018 10:57 AM:
Dang it. Sorry I missed you. Company is scarce this time of year.

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David Howell from St. Louis on 09/11/2018 07:23 PM:
I stayed here for a night in early July, 2018. The loft has everything a person could want, great AC, comfy bed, cooking facilities, and shower. And Doug is a world-class raconteur and musician. If you're lucky maybe he will even play his bass for you. If you're a dog-lover like I am, you're in luck. Doug has two fantastic dogs, Spot, a super sweet yellow lab, and Freckles his partner in crime. The B&B is a short hike to the Grand Bluffs Conservation Area, which will take you to the top of the Bluff for a Lewis and Clark view of the surroundings. Highly recommended.

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Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 01/25/2018 11:59 AM:
Warm, spacious, unique, great home cooked food. Room for several people plus floor space for more. Doug is a wonderful host, who coordinated meals and even craft beer by request. Nice dogs. We talked till we couldn't stay awake any longer. Contact Doug in advance, send him a check, and he will take good care of you. Highly recommended.

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Mark Rovenstine from Dallas, TX on 10/12/2017 09:28 AM:
My wife Nancy and I just cycled the Katy Trail. We stayed at the Barn with Doug on this trip. Doug has done a nice job on his Barn and we were comfortable. Seeing Doug on our trips is always a highlight of our cycling trip. Doug is entertaining and a character. It is not your typical place so, be prepared to be flexible. But Doug is a great guy and will do his best to take care of you.

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Kathy H. from Atlanta, GA on 09/27/2017 12:59 PM:
It was a hot day and Chug and I were happy to arrive at Bluffton Barn. We set up our tents in an area of lush grass and had a refreshing shower. By prior arrangement, Doug prepared dinner for us since there is nothing nearby. He's a very good cook. The three of us shared dinner together and had some good conversation. The next morning Doug prepared coffee and breakfast and offered us some suggestions regarding our ride that day. After saying our goodbyes to Doug, Spot, and Freckles we pedaled away.

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RBratt from California on 09/22/2017 11:45 PM:
We stayed at the Bluffton Barn while riding the Katy Trail -- what a memorable night! Doug set us up right, and he joined us for a dinner that featured plenty of laughs and a lot of life truths in addition to some good food. Super interesting guy, and a terrific host. The barn is comfortable, and it has everything you need: kitchen, beds, table and chairs, and more guitars than you can play. Would love to come back again!

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Blue Tapp from St. Charles, MO on 04/30/2017 03:31 PM:
We were so glad to find that Doug's B&B is open again! We just love Doug and stayed at the Rendleman B&B many times. A few years ago, a truck ran off the highway and hit the house so hard it pushed it off the foundation. The insurance company has refused to settle and so unfortunately the house is still unusable. But since then Doug has renovated his barn into an adorable B&B and it is a fantastic place to stay.

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Scott from Sw mo on 09/13/2016 01:47 PM:
Is this Doug!

Ray (webmaster) on 09/13/2016 05:35 PM:
Yes, Doug is back! He has been renovating his barn to include a living space which he plans to rent on a nightly basis. Grand opening in the spring but he's test-marketing some availability this fall. Great to have him back.