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Pilot Grove MO on the Katy Trail

Mile marker 203.3
Population: 723

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Casey's General Store
104 Harris @ College, Pilot Grove
Citizens Community Bank
Roe St., Pilot Grove

City Park
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Deon's Bar & Grill
137 Main, Pilot Grove
Katarina's Homestyle Cafe
208 College Street, Pilot Grove
Katy Junction B&B
200 W.2nd St., Pilot Grove
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Pleasant Green Plantation House
7045 Hwy 135, Pilot Grove
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Pilot Grove
CurtM from Fort Worth TX on 05/22/2018 11:37 PM:
Pilot Grove was my destination on the third day of an end-to-end KT trip, which began that day in Hartsburg. Pilot Grove is another key stop, for two reasons: if coming from the east, which I did, it's the end of a rather constant uphill grade from Boonville, and second and most important, that's where Katy Junction B&B is located. Jerry is a great host, and provides an outstanding experience for trail riders. When I rode the trail last October, in pretty chilly weather, the B&B was a welcome sight, and it was the same this time (except about 60 degrees warmer). I appreciate, as I'm sure other repeat customers do, the hospitality offered at Jerry's home.

Pilot Grove - Katy Junction
Denise and Mike from Lees Summit MO on 11/02/2017 12:35 PM:
We stayed at Katy Junction with Jerry on a trip across the Katy. This is not our first time staying at the Katy Junction and won't be our last. Jerry's hospitality is superb as is his cooking. He always has the excellent breakfast. He is an interesting conversationalist. Jerry had the Katy Junction nicely decorated and includes a lot of history. We were very comfortable. The warm shower hit the spot!

We ate dinner at Deno's. It was steak and potato night. The food was decent and the prices nice. This continues to be a smoking establishment. The cook was even sitting at the bar smoking when we walked in. Unfortunately, this is the only place in town so, unless you want to pick up dinner at Casey's you have to endure the smoking.

Pilot Grove
Craig Lycke from Columbia, MO on 07/10/2017 09:25 AM:
Stayed overnight in Pilot Grove city park. A real gem. Camping is free and the park has water, electric and a bathroom. Had the park all to ourselves. They have a municipal pool at the end of the park which would have made an ideal way to cool off at the end of a hot ride. The bar in town (deon's?) has super cold, cheap beers and food. and the patrons are super friendly. call the police department and register as a courtesy and for your own safety.

Eating in Pilot Grove
Blue Tapp from St. Charles, MO on 04/30/2017 02:58 PM:
We stayed in Pilot Grove on our Katy Trail trip in early April 2017 and just wanted to leave a note about the restaurants there. Be aware that Katrinas closes after lunch and Deon's isn't open on Mondays (the day we were there). We ended up getting pizza and drinks at Caseys which was actually very good! We also found out later that Jerry at Katy Junction B&B where we stayed (loved it) will fix you dinner if you work out arrangements with him ahead of time. He's a fantastic cook so we'll do that next time.

Pilot Grove
MB from STL on 05/30/2016 02:14 PM:
Staying with Jerry is like staying with a long lost relative. His sisters and friends chip in to help, especially when he has 19 guests !! this night in particular he had to have relatives put up some extra couples, because he is such an accomodating guy !!! thoughtful, entertaining, and a good cook. nice rooms, good AC. drinks just right across the parking lot. great place, thanks.

Pilot Grove
chris from indians on 09/22/2015 07:04 PM:
We stayed at Katy junction, nice clean rooms great food

Beth from Newton KS on 09/25/2015 03:10 PM:
Spent two nights at the Katy Junction. It was wonderful. Jerry is the best host/cook! It was a fun, interesting, and relaxing stay. You haven't experienced the Katy Trail until you've stayed at the Katy Junction B&B.

Pilot Grove - Tyler's Market
Mat Martin from Blackwater, Missouri on 05/10/2014 05:20 PM:
Tyler's Market in Pilot Grove is OPEN 7 days a week!
Sunday 8 A.M. until 7 P.M.
Monday through Saturday 7 A.M. until 8 P.M.
We have a full breakfast menu available from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.! We also have a full service deli for sandwiches and sliced meats. We now have a Hand Dipped Ice Cream station with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, and oreo flavors! Check us out on Facebook for daily specials (Monday through Friday)! Everything mentioned above (except for the breakfast menu)is available everyday from open to close.
From the Pilot Grove Katy Trail access, head east on M and turn south (right) on Harris street. You will be brought right to the front of the store. We offer plenty of parking for vehicles and bicycle riders alike, we also have indoor seating if you just want to come in and cool down or enjoy your repast in comfort. Hope to see you soon at Tyler's Market!
Thank You!

Thomas from Cleveland on 05/10/2014 06:36 PM:
We will be there on Sunday the 25th!!

Pilot Grove Grocery Store
Andrew K from Kansas City on 12/26/2013 08:15 AM:
Pilot Grove has a new grocery store. Details from KansasCity Star.

Posted on Wed, Dec. 25, 2013
In a town of 800, a small grocery store is a big deal
The Kansas City Star

Loretta Kempf wasn’t messing around the day her town got its grocery store back.

She had her mind set on being the first customer and rejected a friend’s offer of a ride there.

“You’ll be late,” she told the woman.

Kempf, 91, walked. She got there first and bought an angel food cake mix.

She and others like her are a good part of why this town built a grocery store. Literally, the town. A bunch of farmers, the mayor, a doctor, an electrician, business owners, the high school FFA, regular folks and some retirees — 23 in all — pooled money and came up with $320,000 for the new store. It had its grand opening Dec. 7.

The old store closed about four years ago, and the nearest place for groceries had been in Boonville, 12 miles away. Not all that far, but Pilot Grove has a lot of senior citizens among its 800 residents.

And as Kempf put it, “When it snows and school’s out, the (transportation service) bus doesn’t run.”

In a metal building only 60 feet by 72, the new store won’t be confused with a Hy-Vee or Price Chopper. It doesn’t have a full deli, but you can get a ham sandwich; no fancy java bar, but there is a coffee pot and a place to visit.

Communities lose a lot when they lose the grocery store — convenience, identity, pride. The idea to pass a hat to build a new one says a lot about this little town in Cooper County, and probably something about rural grit.

“When you want or need something bad enough, sometimes you have to do it yourself,” said Joe Stoecklein, one of the farmers who pitched in.

Going way back, Elwood Gerke ran a grocery store in Pilot Grove.

But he got old and sick and finally had to sell the place. For

Pilot Grove--Grocery Store Closed
Mr. G from Galena, IN on 07/15/2011 06:30 PM:
Unfortunately, the downtown grocery store has closed meaning you better stock up in Sedalia if eastbound or Boonville if heading west. We came prepared and so didn't go to Casey's, but it is NOT a general store. It's a 7-11 type market with drinks, snacks, lottery tickets, etc., and a pizza if you want.

Connie Mefford from Sedalia on 12/02/2013 12:16 PM:
As of November 9, 2013, Pilot Grove as a brand new grocery store and deli located directly across from the Casey's gas station call Tyler's Market and Deli.

Deon's Bar & Grill (Pilot Grove)
Mary from Wheatland Mo. on 12/06/2009 11:18 AM:
We were here on the 27th of Oct. Terry was great and the food was really good. Thanks for being so nice to us Terry, Mary and the girls from Hawaii, Ca. and Col.

Matt from St. Charles on 06/11/2012 06:30 PM:
We ate here on 6/8/2012 and had a great experience. They have an awesome shuffleboard table, good food, and reasonable prices. This is a great place to stop at!

City Park (Pilot Grove)
Allie from Warrensburg, MO on 08/24/2010 11:37 PM:
Camped here on June 26th, 2010 without calling ahead or anything and everything worked out fine. There is a sign at the trailhead that says to call the sherrifs office to make sure that it is okay- it is a small town and they just want to know who is there. They will also send someone over to unlock the bathroom, a very sweet old man and his wife who live right on the other side of the pool who will do almost anything to make sure you are comfortable- as much as offering their home to you if the weather turns bad!

Jeff Collins from Jefferson City on 04/28/2011 02:21 PM:
It's good to know there are still good people aout there willing to do good deeds.

AKillen from Kansas Ctiy on 08/14/2011 08:26 AM:
The number to call about camping is the Pilot Grove PD (660) 834-4300.

Pilot Grove-a pretty ride??
Edwards from Overland Park on 07/05/2011 11:44 AM:
We have ridden from Boonville to Easley but haven't been back the other direction say Boonville to Clifton City. We are hoping to go in July. Can anyone tell me if the ride is pretty? Are there any shaded areas?

Pam from Independence on 07/05/2011 07:01 PM:
I know the Pilot Grove to Clifton City is a pretty ride. A lot of trees and rocks. Going west it is a coasting ride but when you turn around going east you've got a long incline. Rumor has it the Boonville to Pilot Grove has the steepest or longest incline. Riders have done it but they say it is the most difficult. Going to see for myself in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy and have fun with the adventure.

Trek on 07/06/2011 06:47 AM:
Look at the elevation chart.....below the mileage chart. The incline...gradual up hill is when you ride west (south west) of Boonville. The coasting ride is into Boonville going east (north east). The trail is generally higher elevation on the western end.

Pam from Independence on 07/06/2011 06:56 PM:
Correction from my earlier post. Going EAST it is coasting, Going WEST you have gradual uphill climb. Sorry.

Anonymous on 07/14/2011 07:06 PM:
Hope I am not too late---Boonville to Clifton City and back is my favorite ride on the Katy--I think it is really pretty----more Ozark like than river oriented,deep woods and drop off to beautiful views of Clear Creek. Probably 90% shaded. I like the fact that there is a grade---200+ foot climb from Boonville to Pilot Grove then down about 150(?) to Clifton City---and like someone else mentioned the place you really feel it is climbing from east of Clifton City back to Pilot Grove---also carry your water-- don't think there is water at Cliton City trailhead.

The Pilot Grove Bed and Breakfast (Pilot Grove)
Wade from Edwardsville, IL on 06/26/2009 06:37 PM:
This has to be the best deal on the trail. At the present time, the B&B is rented out. However, Dolores takes guests to their house just south of town.

She invited me to have dessert with her and her husband Virgil. I had an enjoyable evening just chatting about a variety of things with them. The house was immaculate and very comfortable. Breakfast was fantastic. Again, this has to be the best deal on the trail.

Dolores from Pilot Grove on 09/29/2010 01:08 AM:
Wade, I appreciate your kind comments. The Pilot Grove B&B at 211 Roe is again open as of September, 2009. The B&B was rented to a local lady remodeling her home.

Pam from Independence on 07/03/2011 04:53 PM:
Ours stay with Dolores was delightful. As we arrived, Dolores just happened to drive up before we had a chance to call her. She was coming by to make sure the house was cool enough. The lady is a blessing and a gem for her guest. She made sure we had everything we needed and her breakfast was more than enough.It was something you would get from grandma's house. She even offered to take us to a firework display that a family of Pilot Grove was having the night of our stay. What host would try to make their guest feel like they belong to the community? Dolores for sure. The house is comfortable but not a 4 star hotel. If you want that then peddle to Boonville. But for want we paid and what we received it was an excellent deal. We plan to stay there again next year. Also the locals are very friendly. We had several conversations with the locals at Deon's Bar and Grill. Small town life is amazing.

The Pilot Grove Bed and Breakfast (Pilot Grove)
Jennifer from Omaha - on 08/31/2010 12:42 AM:
I would not recommend staying here. I had a heck of a time getting the reservation in the first place, back and forth with phone calls and emails. I planned a head and reserved for our August trip in April. 3 weeks before our trip she calls and asked for my email address and proceeded with all the questions we had already discussed in email. She was so very confused. Then we show up, late, which I had warned her about - I rode the trail with my husband and 2 year old twins - and the place was empty. She didn't answer either phone number and the house was locked up! I even called her Realtor (the place is for sale) trying to get a hold of her. At that point it was after 7, I had two hungry toddlers and a hungry, disappointed husband. Finally her husband just happens to drive by (as we were preparing to ride another 11 miles to Boonville - after 64 already that day) and shows us where the key is hidden. Apparently this information was in an email ... but wait, she didn't have my email according to her phone call.

The bathroom is shared (just so you know) and it was HOT upstairs, most rooms are upstairs, even with window ACs. Breakfast was not enough. I had to eat a cliff bar at the trail head. The stairs are steep and carpeted as well. Dangerous!

I'd say skip it and arrange your trip to stay somewhere else. I'll never stay here again.

The Pilot Grove Bed and Breakfast (Pilot Grove)
Carol Champagne from Austin, TX on 08/09/2010 05:27 PM:
My husband and I, and our two boys, 7 and 8, cycled part of the Katy Trail (Jefferson City-

Sedalia) as a first family tour in June this year. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and

this bed and breakfast was the best place we stayed the whole week. Dolores offered a lot of

nice touches like ice cream, cookies and lemonade there for us when we got to the place.

After riding in the heat all day with the boys, we were so pleased to find such a welcoming

B&B. We were able to do laundry here and just get some rest. And the boys enjoyed it too--

-she had games there for them to play. Breakfast was great and just what we needed to start

the day. This was a very kid-friendly place. I would definitely stay here again!

The Pilot Grove Bed and Breakfast (Pilot Grove)
N.D. Harrison from Pittsfield, IL on 08/06/2010 08:03 PM:
My wife and I rode the whole Katy Trail both direction in Aug/Sep 2009. We stayed with Deloris and Virgil on our way west to Clinton and again on our way back. You can't go wrong staying here. Great food, great accomodations and great company. They are truly good people who want to take care of you and help you have a good time. (I am a procrastinator. I waited nearly a year to write this, but I'm sure it is all still true here in Aug 2010.)

Polly''s B&B (Pilot Grove)
John Bugner from Shiloh, IL on 03/11/2010 11:57 AM:
I just spoke with the proprietor of Polly's B&B and learned that is closed and up for sale as of last week. Posted 11 March 2010.

Mary from Wheatland Mo. on 03/11/2010 01:43 PM:
Darn that was or is such a nice place and Polly is super...

Polly's B&B (Pilot Grove)
Mark and Tanner from Leawood, KS on 12/05/2009 11:50 AM:
My son and I stayed at Polly's in October on a through trip. Polly's B&B is great! The accommodations are right next to the trail head, the house and rooms are clean and well appointed,the shower was hot, breakfast was delicious and bountiful - there were only two other guests staying at the B&B with us and I think Polly must have cooked for 10 - but most importantly, Polly was a pleasure to visit with. Thank you for making our stay great Polly!

Polly's B&B (Pilot Grove)
Mary from Wheatland Mo. on 11/24/2009 03:53 PM:
Polly's is fantastic such a nice person and the place is comfortable and very clean. Best breaakfast on the whole trail. Polly really makes you feel at home.

Anonymous on 11/27/2009 09:05 AM:
Thanks Polly.

Polly's B&B (Pilot Grove)
Maria from Brighton, MI on 11/02/2009 12:56 PM:
Our stay with Polly was just wonderful!! She is the sweetest person and

her home is beautiful, clean and truly comfortable. Her breakfast was

delicious, with everything you could ask for! She really makes you feel

like you are family and she has to be the one of the best values on the


Beckys Burgers & Cones (Pilot Grove)
sws from COLORADO on 09/23/2009 09:18 PM:
Great place for lunch... the food was very good. I had the crispy chicken salad. Very nice little town.

The Pilot Grove Bed and Breakfast (Pilot Grove)
Michele & Richie on 07/25/2009 01:56 PM:
Pilot Grove B&B at 211 Roe Street is for sale.

Dolores & Virgil (the owners) now run the B&B from their home - about 2 miles from the Pilot Grove trailhead. We were ready to bike the two miles, but Dolores insisted on picking us up. We were grateful for the ride because the 2 miles had a VERY large hill (a challenge for the most experienced cyclist).

Dolores & Virgil are in the right business. They appreciate travelers and have some wonderful stories. We could have spent all night talking with them. We were invited to a hearty dinner, and breakfast was top notch. We were well fed!

Dolores told us that the one grocery store in town (next door to Deon's Bar & Grill) recently closed for good. Your best bet for grocery refill is in Boonville.

Jon and Andy from Des Moines on 08/27/2009 04:33 PM:
Our stop in Pilot Grove with Dolores and Virgil was the best of our ride. Dolores offers to pick you up in town since their house is off the trail. Take her up on the offer since the road to their house is hilly. We had a wonderful evening meal and more than a complete breakfast the next morning. They really enjoy hearing about where you're from and how your ride is going. We spent a full evening talking about the different riders that have stayed with them over the years. Definitely a must stop.

Pilot Grove
Bill and Lora from Kansas City on 07/22/2009 09:16 PM:
We began our Katy Trail vacation here in Pilot Grove. I (Lora) have always wanted to ride the bridge over I-70. :o) We didn't stay in Pilot Grove but at the Iron Horse Hotel in nearby Blackwater. This hotel is a delightful experience. It has RR themed rooms and is right next to the tracks. It also houses the Iron Horse Restaurant, a very nice dining establishment in the "middle of nowhere." The sweet potato chips are amazing!