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Bluffton Barn

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173 MO-94

Bluffton Barn is located on the Katy Trail, in Bluffton MO

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173 Highway 94

Full furnished Kitchen



Groups welcome

Multi-night discount

Tent camping also available with hot showers

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Online Auction- Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
Atterberry Auction and Realty Company from Columbia on 03/25/2024 04:03 PM:
Hello! I wanted to let you all know that the Real Estate and Personal Property Auctions for The Bluffton Barn are on our website. Here is the link to the Real Estate Listing: https://www.atterberryauction.com/auction/real-estate-043024-71526/details

and here is the Personal Property auction: https://www.atterberryauction.com/auction/personal-property--04092024-71128/details

Personal Property bidding will open 3/26
Real Estate bidding will open 4/16

Give us a call if you have any questions!

Atterberry Auction and Realty Company

Doug is selling Bluffton Barn and everything in it
Ray (webmaster) on 03/18/2024 01:04 PM:
Doug Rendelman and his B&B have been a beloved institution on the Katy Trail for many many years, but sadly Doug will be selling off his property and possessions.

Doug is selling everything but the dogs to the highest bidder.

He has listed with Atterberry Auctioneers at https://www.atterberrysells.com/.
Doug's personal property will be previewing on that website on March 22, with the online auction opening March 26. The real estate portion will be on Atterberry's website on April 1, with the property selling on 4-2-2024. Doug is hoping that whoever buys his place will continue it as a B&B.

Good luck with the auction Doug! We are going to miss you!

Cathy from Churchill from Churchill, PA on 03/18/2024 11:00 PM:
Wishing Doug the very best. He's the Godfather of the Katy Trail, he represented all the best of people along the trail. Quite a few years ago (maybe 2009, I'm not sure) my daughter, husband and I spent a night at his B & B during a ride my daughter and I did. Doug's stories, as he cooked a gourmet meal, were the best part of the trip. And at that time my daughter was a vegetarian and he prepared special food for her. God bless you Doug, hope you continue to comment on this forum.

Cc on 03/20/2024 09:04 PM:
Sad Doug is retiring but this would be a great chance to obtain a “keepsake “ or souvenir from the Blufton Barn. The auction site has pictures and a chance to bid on some pretty neat items. Lots of fond memories of times spent there and sure is nice to have an opportunity to own something that reminds me of those times. Check it out and see if anything reminds you of good rides and great company. I’m sure there is

Doug from Bluffton on 03/21/2024 07:04 AM:
Thank you to all! Sure does feel good to hear all this and remember how much fun I have had here on the Trail. The Real Estate bidding will start April 1 with an open house on the 23 and bidding closing on April 30. I will then move to ....... Not really sure yet! However, the Good Lord got me here so I guess He'll get me where I'm supposed to go.

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Cobra Kai Chris from Kansas City on 03/17/2024 09:59 AM:
Well, what an honor it was for Todd and me to be the last guests for Doug earlier this week before the auction. Not only did we have a great time swapping stories and eating delicious home made meals, but Doug came and picked us up in MoKane before the storm hit Thursday night (with Spot and Freckles in tow). Doug is a man of many interests and has made friends with countless travelers and locals that add to the magic of the place. We hope that the Barn gets a great new owner! Sounds like it will be sold here in a month and I am eager to see what the next chapter is for the Bluffton Barn.

Camping and More!
BillyBoy from Caswell Beach, NC on 08/19/2023 11:32 AM:
A friend hiked the Trail and stayed with Doug and called him “a national treasure” and the stay was the highlight of his trip…and he was not wrong! Doug was the consummate host: provided beer (put $ in the beer kitty) and he cooked Corn on the Cob and shared his homemade German Chocolate Cake. The camping was in Doug’s expansive yard…and I was the only camper. And the indoor bathroom and nice shower was a plus. All for $11! Doug also has indoor sleeping facilities. I stayed with Doug on the way to Clinton and the reverse trip to St.Charles. (he had fresh green bean casserole, corn on the cob and fresh roasted peppers…. and you will enjoy his stories and conversations! Sadly, he is selling his place so if you want to experience his hospitality, better visit soon!!!!

Doug from Bluffton on 08/20/2023 04:08 PM:
Thanks for the kind words Bill! Just wanted to let people know The Barn is for sale but no buyer yet. Hoping it will be someone that wants to continue it but until then I will still be here as long as health allows because it has been a heck of a good lifestyle for me to be out here and have guests like you to share evenings with.

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Laura from NYC on 04/10/2023 09:12 PM:
We were just at Blufton Barn, and what an amazing host Doug is - after a day of riding what I’d love is there’s a level camp site, shower, some food then bed. Doug (and the dogs, Spot and Frekles) makes you feel welcome right away. There’s plenty of spaces to tent camp or if one wanted, beds up in the barn (which I later got a tour of - and it’s a little contained place in itself with kitchen, bathroom, dining and beds).

I slept quite well, loved the hot shower and the laundry! Also knowing there’s not going to be a grocery nearby for a while I got two breakfast burritos to go.

Doug is also very knowledgeable about the Katy as he is very involved in its development. Looking forward to next time!

Bluffton Barn is up for sale
Ray (webmaster) on 11/12/2022 02:13 PM:
After 34 years, Doug Rendleman is retiring as the owner and host of the Bluffton Barn B&B, and putting the business up for sale.

Doug, and his home, are beloved icons of the Katy Trail. Hundreds of Katy Trail travelers have fond memories of staying in this historic house and enjoying Doug's food, music, and company.

If you've always dreamed of living the idyllic life of a Katy Trail B&B host, this is your chance to buy a successful, well-established, and well-loved B&B!

Bluffton Barn, originally known as Rendleman Home, is located right off the trail in Bluffton - midway between Portland and Rhineland, which is a little west of McKittrick/Hermann.

Contact Doug at 573-236-4575 for info.

Anonymous on 11/13/2022 03:32 PM:
Doug is the best! If you haven’t had a chance to stay there you have missed a unique time

Dra from Indiana on 12/04/2022 08:09 AM:
My wife and I have tried to ride the Katy Trail yearly for many years. On our very first ride I met Doug out on the trail. He offered to put us up for the night. I already had reservations in Hermann. For years I have followed Doug's comments on the forum. He has been quick to defend the businesses along the trail. Many posters have discussed his offers of help and the fun they had dealing with him. I think of Doug as an ambassador for the Katy Trail. This June we finally arranged our trail ride to where we could stay with Doug. Doug and I are similar in age and we had a wonderful conversation concerning other organized rides we had both participated in. Through the years we have met several trail ambassador's. Our favorite was Rhona Lococo of the Lococo House in St. Charles. Unfortunately she closed during the pandemic. Now my second favorite Doug has retired. There will be others who will fill the gaps. Two who I think have great potential are Kim of Kim's cabins, and Joey of Joey's Bird House. There are surely others I haven't met who will support this treasure . I have never met Ray our webmaster. His work on this site makes planning Katy Trail explorations immensely easier. I wish the best for Rhona and Doug and I am looking forward to interacting with the remaining ambassadors.

Anonymous on 12/04/2022 12:39 PM:
Since Ray started this site with the forum, there have been many here who have answered questions, given advice and direction acting as ambassadors to the Katy as well as the state of Missouri. I would be amiss to single out a few when there are and have been many.

Big Al 3 from Saint Louis on 01/07/2023 09:47 PM:
Uncle Doug’s place on the Katy is a unique experience with plenty of food, bon fires, and sometimes home brew beer. Stimulating conversation sometimes mixed with old timey music from the Ozarks, since 1988. Great to get a soft bed in airconditioning sftrr a hot summers ride.

Joey Los from McKittrick on 01/08/2023 08:50 AM:
We on the trail will surely miss Doug.. You, Doug, have been a wonderful mentor in all the years I have been in business. May exciting new windows of opportunity open for you.
Love, Joey at Joeys Birdhouse.

Doug from Bluffton on 01/12/2023 04:21 PM:
Thank you to all! Running the B&B has been the best part of my life and I will continue to do so until someone else takes the reins. I just got results of my Pet Scan a little while ago and all is clear so I will still be working at least for awhile with the caveat that it takes me all day to do what I used to be able to do all day! So I am taking reservations for this year and maybe will get to meet, and remeet some of my guests! Hoping whoever does take over will enjoy it as much as I have.

Doug @ Blufton Barn is the BEST
Howard T & Zack R from Ozark, MO on 10/31/2022 11:51 AM:
Doug was the perfect host. We ran into some trouble along the Katy and he bailed us out. We all had great conversations and laughed way harder than we expected. Needless to say we cannot recommend staying at his camp or barn enough. He's one of those good souls you want to meet and talk with and the campground is just an "added bonus" really. We'll make a plan to stay at Blufton Barn again.

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Bryce from Napoleon on 07/20/2022 01:50 PM:
Doug was the perfect host. He greeted us with ice cold beers and made us feel at home. There is also a 3 mile round trip hike up to a bluff with the most stunning views of the river valley, so definitely be sure to ask him for the directions to that. Couldn’t recommend the Bluffton Barn more.

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Jordan Chapman from St louis on 07/16/2022 09:22 AM:
Great experience at Doug's place. Gave us a bathroom, shower, even a fridge to put our food. Water available which was a life saver. Highly recommend!

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Paul from Georgia on 06/14/2022 06:11 AM:
Arrived in Bluffton tired and hungry last week and stopped at Bluffton Barn. Doug prepared two awesome home cooked meals while I was there. I camped in a large grassy field that was a quiet peaceful location. Bluffton Barn’s facilities, shower and loft are a perfect on trail option with rates that are reasonable (cash/check only). Highly recommend staying at Bluffton Barn. I really enjoyed Doug’s personality and humor.

Doug from Bluffton on 06/17/2022 09:05 AM:
Thanks Paul! And for the mail! You and yours welcome anytime.

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Randy and Linda from North Carolina on 05/31/2022 10:46 AM:
What can I say about Bluffton Barn?! First let me say it was comfortable, we got EVERYTHING we were told we would get and more.

We were only coming from Hermann as it had been raining and we didn't want to stay another day there. So I called Doug, the owner of BB, and asked if he had room and the price. He told me in detail what he had; so we made the short ride out there (only 12 miles) between rain showers.

We were pleasantly surprised to meet Doug and of course Freckles and Spot, his two dogs. We spent the afternoon talking with Doug and hearing about his cycling experiences and his musical endeavors. You will have to ask him about that but we are going to try to get to a 'rendezvous' they hold.

We highly recommend Bluffton Barn! Come sit and stay a while!

Randy and Linda

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RJR Rider from Ballwin, MO (St. Louis County) on 05/22/2022 03:08 PM:
Honest feedback. Doug was very hospitable. My wife and I were riding the Katy full length and rented Doug's loft in the barn (he lives below). As he promised when I emailed him our dinner food list, he shopped and had the groceries in the loft upon arrival; everything exactly as we requested. Paid cash for that on top of room fee. But, the loft was not clean. If you are used to super-host Abnb's or nice B&B's, this is not the place. My wife was grossed out; she is sensitive to cleanliness. If you are just some guys passing through and don't mind those conditions, looking for a bed, shower and spot to have adult bevs, then this is the place for you. Also, the breakfast fruit, etc mentioned at reservations was not offered in the morning. Hope this is useful for travelers. Not trying to disparage Doug and the Barn. Had I read a review like this of the Barn, I would not have visited.

Doug from Bluffton on 05/25/2022 02:54 PM:
First off my place is clean but not cutesied up. I know my place is not for everyone and I told you when you reserved I am not Granmas lace and doilies but Uncle Dougs beer and bonfires. I also told you the room rates and the meal package rates. You opted for me shopping and reimbursed me for what I spent. I even included some items that I had here for no charge. I did not charge for the service. You did not get the items on meal package because you did not opt for them. If this were a really honest post you had ample opportunity to discuss your concerns with me directly that evening while we visited or in the morning over coffee while working on your bikes. I can understand your wife not liking my place. I get it. I am definitely geared towards groups of guys and families with kids. Don't claim the moral high ground and honesty but then leave out the details that would fulfill that obligation.

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JB from Lebanon, Indiana on 05/04/2022 08:17 AM:
The Bluffton barn was amazing! Doug was great. He is really dedicated to the cycling community. This is a great place to camp or stay. The host is also a knowledgeable cyclist, he has biked all over the USA. I would recommend the place to anybody!

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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.

One Good Knee from Warrensburg, MO on 03/30/2022 02:25 PM:
When planning our KT transit this review from a few months back stuck out to me, and I thought, "We have to meet this guy and buy whatever he's selling!" It just seemed like he was the kind of person anyone'd like to know.

And, wouldn't ya know it...on the day we were to arrive at Bluffton Barn, I called him and the conversation started like this: "Doug, I'm afraid our plans are changing a little...My knee is done, we're 10 miles from your place, and I can't pedal another minute...I think we're going to need one of those famous Doug trail-rescues." "Ha!" says Doug, "The chances of that are somewhere between 100% and definite!" He dropped everything--except that he took a minute to get the potatoes in the oven, thinking ahead--and got right to us. A real kind man who loves people and just takes good care of you.

I will post a full review in the next day or so, as there is a lot to share. But I had to respond to this review that had caught my attention before and reiterate the positive comments about Doug.

Matt from Joplin on 10/17/2021 02:43 PM:
Doug was the friendliest host we could have ever asked. We stayed in the barn loft and had plenty of room plus we enjoyed the evening bon fire. Doug doesn’t over sell the accommodations but he sure delivers on customer service. Make sure to sign up for the meal plan and ask about the persimmon French toast and pear breakfast.

Doug from Bluffton on 10/19/2021 06:25 AM:
Thanks Matt! I sure enjoy the fireside conversations. Thanks to Dave H. also! Got the package last week! My phone log got filled so I lost your no. and can't call to tell you.

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Art from Saint Charles, MO on 08/19/2021 03:26 PM:
I'm joining the chorus singing Doug's praises. I showed up exhausted after a 50 mile day and an on-trail repair. All I expected was a flat piece of grass on which to pitch my tent and access to a shower. I got oh so much more. Doug cheerfully welcomed me, gave me the ten cent tour, assured that I had everything I needed for my shower (including offering towel, soap, and shampoo), and even hauled a chair over to my tent.

In addition to camping, Doug offers a B&B-like experience. There was another guest staying at Bluffton Barn that night on that plan, which included dinner. I cooked my own dinner in the kitchen and then sat outside with the the other guest and Doug for a couple of hours of story swapping.

The next morning, I bought into Doug's breakfast and feasted on a breakfast casserole, home baked bread, and fresh cantaloupe.

Joey Los from McKittrick on 08/19/2021 07:25 PM:
Kudos to Doug indeed a Katy Trail treasure.

PeeDee from Columbus OH on 08/21/2021 09:39 AM:
The same can be said about you, Joey.

Doug from Bluffton on 08/24/2021 08:23 PM:
Just for the record; Joey is a better cook than I am. She's more knowledgeable as well as more skilled. But I'm bigger.

Ed from Redmond, Washington on 08/30/2021 09:17 PM:
Doug is a fantastic host! I originally planned on staying two nights, with an overnight bike camping trip in between at Klondike park. The ride would have been 50 miles out then 50 miles back the next day. However, a ferocious storm came in that night washing out my campsite.

I called Doug in a bit of a panic and he happily came and picked me up (in the dark) from the campground. This helped me so much that I can’t recommend his place enough. Perhaps I could have been better prepared for the storm, but it allowed me to stay an extra night at the Bluffton Barn, plus I was treated to music with Doug and a friend of his.

Doug, thanks again for everything, and also thanks for recommending the Churchill Memorial in Fulton.


Doug from Bluffton on 09/03/2021 03:46 PM:
Thanks ED! Hope You made it out to WAshington!

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Jefferson from Monteagle,TN on 08/08/2021 10:00 AM:
I stayed here on 7/27, 8/2, and 8/4/21.

My ‘master’ plan was to find a safe place to park my vehicle and do an out-and-back on the Katy, essentially doing it twice. I picked Bluffton Barn because it was near the middle (in case I’d bitten off more than I could chew in the heat), and I was looking for a good place to park the vehicle with a reasonable place to camp and clean up after a long day. As for the trip itself, I was mainly looking to just ride, sweat, and ponder.

This worked out extraordinarily well! Not only was Doug very accommodating, he took great care of me. With all the trail work and reroutes due to the flooding damage in July, he called to give me updates, and I’m sure he would have lent a hand if I’d gotten stuck.

As it turns out, the evenings at Bluffton Barn were a real treat. Doug is an attentive host and a great conversationalist. We talked long into the evening all three nights. Spot and Freckles were fine company as well, with Freckles slowly warming up to me.

So I was able to do the Katy (twice) in the heat, and clear my head as I had hoped. But then Doug helped me fill my head with philosophical fodder and a new appreciation for the goodness in people. Like his black powder rifles, once you clear the barrel, you need to reload carefully and in the right order!

On a recent trip to Hawai’i, my wife and I saw a quote carved into a bench, “Unplanned turns taken, often lead to the most unexpected, wonderful places." My turn was kinda planned, but it did lead to a most unexpected, wonderful place. Kudos to Bluffton Barn!

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Randy from New Mexico from Albuquerque on 06/29/2021 10:39 PM:
I stayed with Doug at the Bluffton Barn on June 12 after a very hot 50 mile day. Doug is a cyclist who knows what cyclists want and need after a long day in the saddle. After a much refreshing shower, hanging out with Doug, his neighbors, and his dogs Freckles and Spot, made for wondrous evening. I felt lucky to have an upstairs room with air-conditioning. Some other guys rode in and had reservations to camp in Doug’s field. They had called ahead with a beverage order and Doug had everything on ice ready to go. It was a blast hearing his stories about the Katy Trail, area history, and some of his above and beyond efforts to retrieve and rescue lost or ill-prepared cyclists. I read the many good reviews and was glad I got to experience an evening at the Bluffton Barn myself.

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Doug from Bluffton on 06/17/2021 07:22 AM:
My turn to leave positive feedback for trail riders. I just had a group from Indiana consisting of ten teenage men with four counselors stay here. They knew how to carry on a conversation as well as say "thank you sir" at the appropriate times. They had a HOT day for riding but laughed and had fun while eating dinner in my field. To top it off they Left No Trace. No trash no mess no problems for me to deal with. I would welcome them back anytime. Tonight they will be at Klondike so say hello if you meet them.

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SuzieStarship from Pepperell Massachusetts on 06/12/2021 05:58 PM:
Of the many things I enjoy about riding the Katy Trail are the starry nights, fireflies, critters, creeks, MO culture, and PEOPLE you cross paths with along the way.

Doug, owner of the Bluffton Barn, his dogs Freckles and Spot, along with his nearby neighbor were highlights yesterday.

I heard critter stories and a recording of good local string-band music; held beautiful, handmade, deer tibia jewelry; learned about blackpowder, and events called “Rendevous”; all the while enjoying a cold, refreshing MO beer supplied by my host after my hot and humid ride (that’s Missouri!).

I was down to my last two carrots and a pint of peanut butter. Doug offered to make me a mighty good meal to be followed by homemade, scratch German chocolate cake, and dining al fresco for short change :-).

I stayed overnight in an air conditioned room in the old farmhouse —which does have a full-kitchen. It’s “down-home” as I like to say, not posh, and quite comfortable.

Many thanks to Doug for catering to cyclists on the Katy with kindness, rich stories and conversation, and options to suit the needs and pocketbooks of his guests.

Doug from Bluffton on 06/12/2021 07:14 PM:
Thanks Suzie! High Praise from an unbelievably fun human being! I have guests tonight that met you on the trail today and were amazed! A WHOLE lot of good vibes shared on your behalf! Nothing I can say will let you know how welcome you are in these parts; but I hope I have.

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SuzieStarship from Pepperell Massachusetts on 06/12/2021 04:27 PM:
Of the many things I enjoy about riding the Katy Trail are the starry nights, fireflies, critters, creeks, MO culture, and PEOPLE you cross paths with along the way.

Doug, owner of the Bluffton Barn, his dogs Freckles and Spot, along with his nearby neighbor were highlights yesterday.

I heard critter stories and a recording of good local string-band music; held beautiful, handmade, deer tibia jewelry; learned about blackpowder, and events called “Rendevous”; all the while enjoying a cold, refreshing MO beer supplied by my host after my hot and humid ride (that’s Missouri!).

I was down to my last two carrots and a pint of peanut butter. Doug offered to make me a mighty good meal to be followed by homemade, scratch German chocolate cake, and dining al fresco for short change :-).

I stayed overnight in an air conditioned room in the old farmhouse —which does have a full-kitchen. It’s “down-home” as I like to say, not posh, and quite comfortable.

Many thanks to Doug for catering to cyclists on the Katy with kindness, rich stories and conversation, and options to suit the needs and pocketbooks of his guests.

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Corie from Texas on 06/12/2021 09:23 AM:
Loved staying at “the Barn”. Had the most enjoyable interaction with other guests and of course our host Doug. He is a genuine person and provides comfort and entertainment and fellowship to all. Will definitely come again!,

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R Bruce W Laubach from Williamsburg, VA on 06/08/2021 09:56 AM:
Thumbs up to Doug and the Bluffton Barn. I took advantage of his hospitality earlier in March while I was on a solo ride from Machens to Clinton and back. He offers a wide range of options on how you stay with him. He offered me a warm bed, shower, dinner, and breakfast. He also gave me the option of setting up my tent and camping out. I took him up on a warm shower, but camped and made my own meals. I figured that if I was going to bother carrying a tent sleeping gear and food I should at least use them. Or, that would have been a useless weight on the trail.
Doug is very friendly and offers a campfire with singing and adult refreshments. I had a very good time and enjoyed our conversations.

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Dr Kyle from Lawrence,Kansas on 05/19/2021 08:44 AM:
Bluffton barn is Bluffton with Doug its owner and gracious host. By the time we arrived at the barn, it had been a long rainy day biking on the Katy Trail. Doug took us under his wing providing for us and our bikes. We were given warm comfortable beds in the old farm house. Enjoyment was added to our stay from the evening conversations with Doug where we learned of the history surrounding Bluffton and the workings of the Missouri river. It’s obvious Doug really delights in his guests. You would miss a wonderful evening by not spending time with Doug and all the stories laced with wisdom gained by a long life next to the Missouri River.

Thomas B Lee from Naperville on 05/20/2021 11:07 PM:
I also spent a night at the "Barn" in Bluffton. I agree with Dr. Kyle that Doug is a great man who takes very good care of over-night staying bikers. He had a few options of dinner or breakfast if you just show up, or contact him in advance if you want to eat specific food. We spent hours talking about a lot of stuff. Plan to stop over at the "Barn"

Doug from Bluffton on 05/22/2021 08:27 PM:
Thank you very much Kyle and Tom but my point of view is 180 opposite. It's the guests like you guys that make evenings and the conversations so enjoyable. Travel is places, life is people.

Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 06/02/2021 04:08 PM:
Just thought we'd add that we met Doug on our ride in October 2020 -- he helped us with shuttling. He's a great guy. When we return to the KATY Trail for a future ride, Doug and the Bluffton Barn are on our itinerary.

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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.

Thomas B Lee from Naperville on 05/20/2021 11:19 PM:
I have to admit that I have not used all restrooms along the trail. I think most, if not all, "stations" have a restroom. I was impressed how clean they were for public restroom. In the washroom there is a flush toilet and a sink with elevated faucet to facilitate filling a water bottle. So I don't think you need to worry about water along the way as much as you worry about food. If you don't like the taste of the water, you can add electrolyte powder to alter the taste.

JH from Pacific on 05/21/2021 01:31 PM:
Not all of the trailheads have water. I appears to me there only water on the sections of the trail open to equestrians.

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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

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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.

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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.

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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.

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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.

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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.