Gates, a N. E. county of North Carolina, bordering on Virginia, bounded S. W. by Chowan and Nottaway rivers, the former of which is here navigable; area, 353 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,724 of whom 3,207 were colored. The surface is generally level, and much of it is covered with oak and pine timber. The Dismal swamp occupies the extreme N. E. part. The principal exports are tar and lumber. The chief productions in 1870 were 158,070 bushels of Indian corn, 54,186 of sweet potatoes, and 151 bales of cotton. There were 774 horses 1,353 milch cows, 2,521 other cattle, and 11,411 swine. Capital, Gatesville.