Duval County (Texas)
Duval County is located in the South Texas Plains, roughly an hour west of Corpus Christi and an hour east of Laredo. The terrain is similar to that of the rest of South Texas, primarily arid brushlands and scattered trees.
There are three primary towns in Duval County, each one occupying a different area of the county.
Duval County is not really a place visited for shopping or glitzy attractions. This area is fairly remote and rural, and outside of the towns of San Diego, Benavides, and Freer, there is little else to do. However, for those with an interest in local and regional history, Duval County offers a handful of sites and historical points of interest.
Driving is the only effective method of getting into Duval County. However, Greyhound Bus Services (usually operating as Valley Transit Lines) also services the city of Freer, with bus service going to Corpus Christi and Laredo daily. Nearest rail service is the San Antonio Amtrak Station, and air service is provided from Corpus Christi International Airport and Laredo International Airport.
While driving is not necessarily the only means of getting into the county, it is certainly the only means of getting around it (unless one's intention is to spend their entire visit in the city of Freer). Highway 59 runs east to west through the northern half of the county, passing through Freer. Texas Highway 44 runs northwest to southeast, passing thru Freer and San Diego. Texas Highway 359 runs between San Diego and Benavides. Texas Highway 16 runs north to south thru Duval County, passing thru Freer, and is a secondary route between San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley.
If you're starting out in San Diego, start at the Duval County Museum, 208 E. Saint Joseph. The museum gives a good introduction to the history of Duval County, from conception in the late 19th century to present day.