Thanksgiving means family and friends gathered around the table.

Everyone loves a delicious holiday meal, complete with turkey and trimmings.

This year why not visit a West Virginia state park, and leave the cooking to professionals just waiting to pamper guests.

There’s no need to shop.

And there’s nothing to clean up afterward.

That’s because several state parks are offering Thanksgiving buffets.

But that’s only the beginning.

After you’ve eaten far too much, burn off some calories by taking a walk or even doing some hiking.

Turn the event into an overnight stay or a long holiday weekend by renting a lodge room or cabin.

Avoid the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, and kick back with your feet up in front of a warm fire.

No cooking…no cleaning there is something to be thankful for!

Reservations are recommended.

North Bend State Park, Cairo

A buffet will be offered Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It will include traditional offerings such as turkey and dressing, as well as prime rib carving station, pecan-crusted fish and fried chicken. There will also be salad and dessert bars.

Cost: Adults and children 12 and up is $21.95, children 7 to 11 is $10.95 and children 6 and under eat free.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis

A buffet will be held Nov. 23 in the Hickory Dining Room.

The menu includes soups and starters, a carving station with herb-roasted sirloin, caramelized onion crusted ham. Entrees will include roasted turkey breast and baked Atlantic salmon, as well as goodies for the little ones like chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese. There will be a wide variety of side dishes and desserts.

Cost: Adults $26.95, Children 6-12 $10.95 and children under 6 eat free.

Several special holiday events are planned. The skating rink and snow tubing park will be open, weather permitting, for the holiday weekend. There will also be board games and corn hole competitions.

Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem

Pipestem State Park Lookout Tower in West Virginia

The Thanksgiving day buffet will be from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bluestone Dining Room.

The menu will include turkey with traditional stuffing and gravy, roast beef, honey- pitted ham with baked apples, salmon with orange butter sauce, sweet potato casserole with pecan praline topping, mashed potatoes, home-style green beans, butternut squash soup, deviled eggs, a large salad and dessert bar.

Cost: Adults $24.99, Children 4-10 is $12.49 and children ages 3 and under eat free.

Stonewall Resort, Roanoke

Stonewall is holding its four-course Thanksgiving Supper at Lightburn’s on Nov. 23. 1-7 p.m.

Salad choices include fall harvest (with roasted acorn squash, baby kale, shaved fall vegetables, toasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin goddess dressing or baby spinach with toasted pecans, bacon, goat cheese, fall apples, crispy parsnips and maple vinaigrette). Entree choices include dry-aged strip, maple-brined smoked turkey, and braised lamb shank. Desserts include pumpkin panna cotta and classic pecan pie.

Cost: $62 per person (adults); $76 with wine.

The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels

Advance reservations are required for the holiday buffet (call 304-763-0876) which will be held Nov. 23, in the Bright Ballroom. There will be three seatings (1, 2 and 3 p.m.)  

Menu items include roasted turkey with traditional gravy, ham with bourbon mustard and brown sugar glaze, cornbread stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, maple cinnamon yams with streusel topping, roasted root vegetable, Caesar salad, carrot-raisin-apple salad, cranberry-orange relish and dessert buffet.

Cost: Adults $38, Children 6 to 12 $14 and free for children five and under.