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Fat Man's Misery

Address: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's really a fat man's misery to cross this section of the Historic tour. This is the last part of the tour after you come up from the bottomless hole :)

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Bangkok
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285 reviews 285 reviews
207 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I have no idea how this is listed as an attraction because you can't see it without taking a tour of Mammoth Cave. But it's fun to squeeze through and say you did it. We took the historic tour and passed Fat Man's Misery about 60 percent of the way through the cave.

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Michigan
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142 reviews 142 reviews
68 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This 'attraction' is a part of the Historic Tour… It is a short narrow passage on the tour… most people should be able to pass it. I wrote a separate review about the two tours we took under Mammoth Cave.

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delhi
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120 reviews 120 reviews
52 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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12 reviews 12 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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76 reviews 76 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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