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Fat Man's Misery

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.
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delhi
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109 reviews 109 reviews
45 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We encountered this during our historic tour..the rangers are too good..by gods grace we didn't have a problem and don't think anyone did in our group. It was a very nice experience and first of all kind. Any kind of tour is advisable over here..we tried the drips and domes wherein saw the frozen niagra part too.. a beauty on... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I went through the "fat man's misery" part of the cave on the historic tour. It was not a problem for me to fit through, but I could definitely see how some chubs could have a problem fitting through. I recommend any tour at mammoth caves. The tour guides are awesome and know what they're talking about!

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Paso Robles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

In today's PC world it is odd this label is still used. Thing is, it is properly named for some I would guess. The name does describe that section of the cave walk as does Tall Man's Misery. I am not tall but that was even a challenge for me. By-the-way, I hope they never change these descriptive names.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Part of the Historic tour of Mammoth Cave this section of the tour is a tight squeeze. I'm claustrophobic, but had no problem traversing this section. The walls are close together and the ceiling is low, but so long as you stoop, you can walk through it. No belly-crawling required.

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Coatesville, PA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

There was enough space to fit through … only the morbidly obese would not make it. We are about 70 and had no problem … but we are not much overweight. Rangers describe it well before we took the tour.

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Brunswick, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Went through on the Historic Tour. I'm 6-2 at 245 lbs. Had no problem. I don't know how big you would have to be, but I'm sure a guide would warn someone that may have a problem. Just a titled path, probably just hype for the tour guide to give the tourists something to look forward to. Not very memorable.

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Bloomingdale, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I enjoyed this portion with my son who has Aspergers. We talked about how small it was. My husband had a rough time through this area because of the lack of lighting. He was starting to have problems with his blood sugar and the lack of lights worsened it for him.

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Northern Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I am grateful for Fat Man's Misery for being the ONLY time my vertically-challenged son was GRATEFUL to be short! :p I agree with what was said about big feet, and I would add that you should feel comfortable with inching along bent over at the waist (I'm 5'8" and had to hunch/bend a fair amount), but at least on... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our two boys, 8 and 12 loved this part, my husband and I were fine going through but felt bad for heavy-set people, it was a squeeze and some parts of this tour were slick. A lot of steps to climb and glad that I wore shirts I did not mind if they got dirty. Overall, well worth seeing and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

2 and 1/2 hour walk on some steep paths and tight spaces in the caves. End with a long stair climb to the top.

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