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Fat Man's Misery

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
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Type: Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.
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Paso Robles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Orlando, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was part of our tour in mammoth Cave. We had a small walkway to get through this part of the cave, but it was fun and I did not feel claustrophobic at all. Be sure to travel through this on your cave tour.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Don't be fooled by the name :) Plenty of room for people to pass but still fun. We passed through this on the Historic Tour and enjoyed our visit.

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