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Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel

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Tebbetts / Tebbetts MO

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Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:52 AM:
We hoped to stay here on 10/10/20 but didn't want to share an indoor space at the time of Covid. The host said we were not welcome to camp outside because of a testy neighbor. We DID visit the place anyway to get out of the heat and take a shower. We left a $10 donation that was well worth it. The place is cool on a hot day.

This hostel is spartan, but no less sanitary than sleeping in a park.

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/17/2021 09:45 PM:
When in Tebbetts, the Hostile is the only place to go
Na, na, na, na, na
Living in a poor man's Shangri-La
Na, na, na, na, na
Living in a poor man's Shangri-La

This one is for you Jim

Jim from St. Thomas on 01/18/2021 11:16 AM:
While I am occasionally hostile, the hostel is not hostile.................

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/18/2021 06:52 PM:
Dang autocorrect strikes again!

I enjoy the math problems at the end in order to post to exercise what remains of my grey matter.

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/18/2021 06:53 PM:
Dang autocorrect strikes again!

I enjoy the math problems at the end in order to post to exercise what remains of my grey matter.

Jim from St. Thomas on 01/18/2021 08:04 PM:
Just be glad it is simple addition and not compound fractions........

Turner Katy Trail shelter, open ???
JMBinOK on 11/20/2020 10:58 AM:
I’ll be on the trail thanksgiving weekend, does anyone know if the shelter is open or closed for the season. Thanks in advance

Jim from St. Thomas on 11/20/2020 11:53 PM:
It’s open.

Doug from Bluffton on 11/22/2020 07:21 PM:
JM Thanksgiving afternoon I will have a traditional dinner. If you are in the area stop by. Might be paper plates and eating by a bonfire but you will be welcome.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Naresh K Gurung from Saint Paul, MN on 07/06/2020 01:43 PM:
I stayed there for one night in July 2020. Perfect place for a short stop over, shower and quick dinner fix. One additional thing to note is that there is no cell reception for Tmobile and Verizon here.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/23/2019 05:45 PM:
Walked through the hostel today. Looks like a great place to stay. The only thing is needs is guests! Next time we will stay here.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
JMB from Ok on 03/15/2019 11:13 AM:
Is the turner hotel open yet,? I was hoping to use it around marc20

JMB from Ok on 03/15/2019 12:41 PM:
I meant hostel

Jim from St. Thomas on 03/15/2019 04:30 PM:
The shelter is open. Probably be turning the heat up over the weekend.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 12/05/2018 10:25 PM:
Stopped in to rewarm and make coffee, but stayed for a shower and waited for the rain to pass. Volunteers have put great effort into this place. Their time and thoughtfulness is evident in so many details. Thank you! Please take care of this little treasure, and put your donation in the envelope and drop in the mailbox across the street.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Daniel Mascarenhas on 10/24/2018 06:54 PM:
Spent a night here recently. It is $5 per person, which is a great price for a place to sleep indoors. They have bunk beds and mattresses, but bring your own sleeping bag. There's also a decent kitchen to cook in. Warm showers included. The only issue was that the heat was turned up way too high! And there's no one at the site, which brings me to how do you get in. When I reached there, someone was already there, so the door was unlocked. But I was told by another group about having to hunt for the key on a utility pole to the right of the house.

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 10/29/2018 06:03 PM:
The key has been on the utility pole for many years and is not really a “hunt”. No public facility is going to allow the public to control the heat, there are window air conditioners there.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 01/25/2018 11:53 AM:
Not open in January. No food around.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Dan k from Paw Paw, WV on 09/18/2017 06:57 PM:
Thank you, Mrs. Leone Turner for leaving us this place to use. It is the brightest gem on the whole Trail, in my book. What a generous act, Mrs. Turner's pic is on the wall. Fridge, hot plate, microwave, A/C. A Bike Room w/tools, and spare parts, leave a donation, the key hangs on the post. There is an upstairs, w/ a patio. Great showers, and bunk beds. The idea, the history of it, is great. God Bless you, Mrs. Turner, you did a fine thing for us.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Tiffany from Kansas City on 06/13/2014 09:41 AM:
We HEART the Turner Shelter! Me and a friend stayed here last Saturday (6/7) and had the shelter all to ourselves. It was a much needed stop after riding 30mi from Hermann through rain and thunderstorms. The shelter is extremely clean, air-conditioned, and has HOT showers. Although we were two girls staying alone, we felt very safe. I can't wait to stay here again!

ABraz07 from Bridgeton, MO on 06/16/2014 12:54 PM:
I stayed there on June 4th. It was great! There was a group of about 15 in the ground floor, but I had the upstairs to myself. I had some bike repairs to do so there was a place to do that as well. I ate at the P4 Pub & Grub next door and it was great!

ABraz07 from Bridgeton, MO on 06/16/2014 12:56 PM:
There are some pics of the Turner Shelter on my Facebook page.


Leslie from Edmond, OK on 07/14/2014 02:54 PM:
Thanks for the info and pics. My daughters and I plan to stay here in a few weeks as we enjoy a trek on the KTrail.

Steven from Lakewood on 11/17/2015 05:41 PM:
Will I need a sleeping bag or sheet sack or do they have bedding available?

MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 11/17/2015 06:00 PM:
You need to provide your own bedding or there is a local lady that will provide at a small price. Her contact info is inside the shelter.

Mark from Memphis on 02/27/2017 01:09 PM:
Just called to verify that bedding was available and the lady no longer does that...

BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 02/28/2017 11:53 AM:
The bunks have vinyl-covered mattresses, if I remember correctly. My go-to bedding is a lightweight sleeping bag, which is flexible enough to use at a campground or on the bunks at Turner Shelter.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
TomWinKC from KC on 08/22/2016 08:35 PM:
Is there indoor storage at the Turner Katy Trail Shelter for your bike?

Allen from Shawnee on 08/22/2016 09:29 PM:
Yes there is a room for storage and a stand for bike repair in it.


ArkyKenny on 08/24/2016 10:36 AM:
When I stay at the Tebbetts shelter, I always take it inside and don't even take my panniers off my bike: I just bring it inside and prop it against my bunk.

Anonymous on 08/24/2016 04:31 PM:
Good thing you don't use those skinny road tires. They'd cut right through that wood floor.

MidSouth from Rogersville on 08/24/2016 05:43 PM:
Always surprised by how little basic high school physics the Anonymous actually understand...

ArkyKenny on 08/25/2016 05:57 PM:
Anonymous have we met before? Your real name isn't Dick is it?

George H. on 08/25/2016 08:28 PM:
I believe those dog packs would definitely go for your bikes if you leave them outside an that beef jerky in the panniers.

Anonymous on 08/25/2016 10:17 PM:
Nah. You're thinking of your brother Richard that lives down Midsouth area.

Bike Storage
TomWinKC from KC on 08/18/2016 03:01 PM:
Is there a safe place to keep your bike or can they be store indoors?

Anonymous on 08/18/2016 03:32 PM:
Ours are always stored indoors. In the garage out of the way. If I had to leave them outdoors I'd lock them up good and invest in a cover to keep the rain and snow, etc. off.

Anonymous on 08/20/2016 07:38 AM:
Where, when and how long? Safe to cover an lock most places but if a long time, lock may not be good enough. Businesses or B&Bs may store for a small fee.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
gman72 on 09/17/2015 02:45 PM:
We are planning on biking the katy trail this winter and were planning on staying here our 2nd night. Does anyone know if there is heat in the Hostel or do we need to bring winter style sleeping bags?

Jim from St Thomas on 09/21/2015 10:57 AM:
What dates are you looking at? There is no central heating but there are usually a couple of small space heaters laying around. The water in the shelter is turned off somewhere around the first weekend in November.

Nancy Dunbar from Houston on 09/21/2015 12:36 PM:
I just returned from the trail and this place is wonderful.
Yes there is heat, air conditioner. Refrigerator, coffee pot, microwave, lots of extras! Just be sure to bring food because there is NOTHING for sale in this town

jim on 09/21/2015 02:46 PM:
Again....there is NO central heat in the shelter and the water will be off after November 1st.

jim on 10/07/2015 10:49 AM:
I was wrong on the date that the water will be turned off at the shelter. The date is December 1 not November 1.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
JD from STL on 08/11/2015 08:56 AM:
Does anyone know if there is a reservation process for the hostel? I just want to make sure I have a place to stay during my trip. Thanks.

Jim from St Thomas on 08/14/2015 09:54 AM:
There's really no reservation process. If the door isn't already unlocked the key is on the utility pole next to the shelter. The only caveat is that sometimes youth groups use the shelter and I have seen it full a couple of times - usually on the October weekend that a local church does a pilgrimage walk on the trail. Post the date you want to stay and I can check to see if any groups have asked to stay.

RGR from Southern Mo on 08/14/2015 12:30 PM:
The pilgrimage walk mentioned above, happened to coincide with the first of 12 days on the katy last year for my wife and I. Last year we were told the number of walkers was near 800 people. I would imagine rooms could be hard to find.

MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 08/15/2015 08:17 PM:
The Starkenburg Pilgrimage this year is on Oct 15-17, from Jefferson City to Starkenburg.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Ion Joseph Vladutu from Lancaster on 06/25/2015 08:45 AM:
So freaking cool! Do make it point to stay here and support this awesome place!

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Keith on 06/07/2015 10:32 AM:
Great place to stay for your stop over. Met several other folks hitting the trail. Comfortable bunk, hot shower and you can not beat the price. Thanks for providing the shelter. The restruant in the town is closed so no food available.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
cross country bicyclist from USA on 04/04/2015 08:57 AM:
Great place to spend the night, recharge your batteries (cell phone too),cook dinner (hotplate,microwave and outdoor grill), and take a shower. Restraunt/bar across the street. Very friendly people in this town. No store in this town; so buy groceries before you arrive.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Tim Holy from St. Louis on 10/26/2014 05:00 AM:
My daughter and I stayed at the shelter overnight on our way from Rocheport to Defiance. Most indoor accommodations along the trail seem to be of the bed & breakfast variety, which wasn't ideal for us, so this was a great find. Lots of beds, showers, and good company from a couple of fellow-travelers. Also, someone (previous guests?) had left quite a variety of food in the refrigerator, and we were able to assemble an entire lunch to carry with us on our next day's bike. Next time, I'll try to return the favor by bringing some food to leave behind.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
MTBTrailRider and Wife from Sharpsburg, GA on 09/19/2014 08:36 AM:
We stayed here on our 2nd night traveling from Sedalia to St. Charles on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. If you are looking for a roof over your head, a bed, a shower, and a kitchen, then this place provides all of that...and for only $5/person! The beds were not the most comfortable to sleep on, but they are hostel style bunk beds...but make sure you bring your own bed linens or a sleeping bag. This place also provides a bike mechanic room if you need to work on your bike. There is a pub across the street, but be advised that they are closed on Monday and Tuesday. So if you are like us and come here on a Tuesday, make sure you bring your own food to heat up as they do have a microwave. By the way, they also have a coffee maker!

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Don from Dupo Il on 07/02/2014 07:50 AM:
Was a great place to stay. I kind of wish the town had a small convenience store. Very thankful for the lady that lives down the road and cooks food for the people that stay there.

Eric from Mokane on 07/03/2014 05:42 PM:
I heard recently that the Phillip's have a place opening up or is open in Tebbetts now. Tebbetts is a great town. There used to be a mini mart across hwy 94 that closed up, however recently there are signs that someone may be re-opening it...

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Lonnie from Kansas City on 10/21/2013 02:08 PM:
Have stayed here on two occasions. What a great service to the trail! Hot water. Bunks. A place to heat up food. A bike repair shop. And surprising new friends. If you are out to enjoy nature and the other folks in it, you will love this place. It's $5 folks so it isn't the "no surprise; best surprise" place. i suggest you might want to leave a little extra to help out. We need more of these!

Susan from Coldspring, TX on 01/20/2014 07:16 PM:
I suppose you have to bring your own food, right? Is there a stove or microwave available?

MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 01/20/2014 07:22 PM:
There is a microwave and a refrigerator. There is no stove but usually has a coffee maker. Yes, you will need to bring some type of food to heat up.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
kaka caliente from bloomington, indiana on 09/15/2013 08:46 PM:
Stayed there last night. Not going to lie, my friend and I were alone and pretty frightened. It was quite unimpressive...seems like a work day or two could really spruce that place up. I am THANKFUL for the chance to stay there and find that area of the trail lacking in accommodations, so it was a relief to have a place to stay. It did take me a long time to fall asleep though as I lay there wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. More people need to use it, pay money and spruce it up. If I lived in Missouri, I'd love to help. And, if there is a work weekend, I'd try to show up. It is a awesome resource, but seems underutilized. I love the Katy! How is that place not full and thriving every weekend night?

randy & penny on 09/16/2013 06:23 PM:
We stop there to cook a meal and opened it up and walked around. I don't think you'll have any problems there. We know a group that used it and they love it. Wish there was more places like it along the trail.

Pseudio on 09/18/2013 05:03 AM:
I've stopped at Tebbetts several time and looked at the place. It is definitely an isolated and spartan area without any services. If you can, making it or stopping in Jefferson City is a better location. Nice name, kaka. mucho gusto.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Tammi Gardner from Kansas City, MO on 09/13/2013 08:48 PM:
Did not stay at the hostel but stopped in to cool off. Had heard about it from folks on the trail and was skeptical, but would consider staying there if I do the trail again.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
Clayton from Archie on 08/27/2011 10:58 PM:
Everyone will have the opportunity to help out the hostal on Sept. 10, 2011. There will be a number of folks converging on this place of "affordable refuge" to clean and patch things up. Come join the fun!

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel (Tebbetts)
Kat from Omaha, Nebraska on 08/31/2010 06:55 PM:
What a fun night we had in Tebbetts! The accommodations at the Shelter were crude but what could you expect for $5.00 apiece. We wondered what we would encounter and we were pleasantly surprised. Not real clean but it beats camping. The johns and showers worked great and we even got to play a little ping pong. The highlight of our stay in Tebbetts was going next door to Jim's Bar. Jim will cook you up a pizza or burger. We chose the pizza and it hit the spot along with an icy cold beer. The Karaoke started up shortly after we arrived and the place came to life. Jim is full of surprises and helped create a night we won't soon forget. All of the towns folk that we met were friendly. Thanks Jim and friends!

Mark from West Des Moines on 09/01/2010 03:15 PM:
Jim's Bar is awesome!!! It was one of the highlights of our trip 3 weeks ago.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel (Tebbetts)
Curt and Kathy from Silex, MO on 08/22/2010 07:46 PM:
June 22, 2010- On our way to Hartsburg from Rhineland, we stopped in at Tebbetts Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel for a rest. We found they had water and a freezer with ice to fill your water bottles. That was a welcome surprise as the heat of the day pretty well melted all of our frozen water bottles. We had a nice chat with a gentleman who was part of the Katy Trail 10th annual organized ride. He needed a break from the heat and elected to stay in a Hotel in Jefferson City instead of camping with the group at MoKane. He was quite interesting to talk to as he told us of all his overseas bicycling adventures.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel (Tebbetts)
GOvershiner from Columbia on 10/20/2009 07:41 PM:
We LOVE the Turner Shelter and Tebbetts. We stopped there last July during our trip from St. Charles with our kids, 9 and 11, and my father. We were the first ones there and thought we'd have the place to ourselves, by the end of the evening, we were joined by 13 other travelers from many walks of life. Several folks were doing the Trans-America Ride. We had a great time talking to them and dreaming of future adventures. Our kids spent the whole time playing ping-pong.

We are heading out for a four day trip to Hermann and back in a few days. We will be staying in Tebbetts on the way out the way back. The kids are really jazzed about it. We are bringing a new box of ping-pong balls and a few other treasures to leave behind for others.

Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel (Tebbetts)
Lonnie from Kansas City on 10/06/2009 03:20 PM:
This hostel was a real life saver and just a great place to stay. I was hiking from Jeff City to Herrman and this was my first stop. Hostel had great showers, was clean and it was a good nights sleep for the first night out. Would really recommend it. How can you beat this price?